[Athen] can libraries get electronic copies of physical books from publishers for swd?

Adina Mulliken am2621 at hunter.cuny.edu
Mon Mar 13 08:15:50 PDT 2017

Thank you, Wink!

Now I'm wondering why the disability office has to request the pdf instead of the library. Could anyone help me understand if there is a legal reason for that?

Thanks again!


Subject: Re: [Athen] can libraries get electronic copies of physical

books from publishers for swd?

If the library has a hard copy, the SWD can check it out. Then DSS orders the PDF from the publishers. They have fulfilled the "in possession of"

clause of the copyright. Does this help?

Wink Harner

Foreigntype at gmail.com<mailto:Foreigntype at gmail.com>

On Mar 11, 2017 12:06 PM, "Adina Mulliken" <am2621 at hunter.cuny.edu<mailto:am2621 at hunter.cuny.edu>> wrote:

> This question came up from a librarian on another listserv and I

> wanted to see if anyone here could answer-


> "Publishers sometimes provide a PDF to a student, provided they've

> bought a physical copy. Do any of you know if this usually applies to

> libraries as well? If we buy a physical copy, can we then request a

> PDF for a student with a documented disability?"


> Does anyone know of libraries that did this, or tried?


> What are the names of (or numbers of or links to) laws or regulations

> that require publishers to provide electronic versions to students?


> Thanks!


> Adina


> Adina Mulliken


> Assistant Professor, Librarian


> Social Work and Public Health Library


> Hunter College, CUNY


> Phone: 212-396-7665 <(212)%20396-7665>


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