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Account Guide for SCRC: Doing Research

Use this guide to learn how to register for an SCRC Researcher Account, schedule an appointment, request special collections materials for use in the Breckinridge Research Room, and order digital scans of special collections materials.

Copyright & Use

Disclaimer: The University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) provides broad public access to collections as a contribution to education and scholarship. Most content in the digital libraries is protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Use of the materials may also be subject to other legal rights, for example, rights of publicity, privacy rights, or other legal interests. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. As noted, additional permissions may also be required. SCRC does not authorize any use or reproduction whatsoever for commercial purposes.

SCRC makes digital versions of collections accessible in the following situations:

  • They are in the public domain
  • The rights are owned by the holding repository
  • Holding repositories have permission to make them accessible
  • Materials are made accessible for education and research purposes as a legal fair use
  • There are no known restrictions on use

SCRC can digitize a maximum of 10% of a work in copyright.

Researchers should consult with SCRC for information about rights, contacts, and permissions (contact us here). Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with those persons wishing to use the item(s).

Digital Imaging Specs

The SCRC digitizes a tremendous amount of material in order to better preserve and provide access to our rare and unique resources. For information on the SCRC’s imaging standards and workflow, digitization statistics, and best practices, as well as the equipment we use for imaging, please consult the following PDFs: