Permissions & copyright

Use the Permission to Publish form to request permission to publish materials from the collections. In many cases, we do not charge a fee, including when:

  • You are only quoting from Lilly Library materials, not publishing images of the items.
  • Your publication is IU-affiliated.
  • Your publication is scholarly.


The Lilly Library does not own reproduction rights to the material in its collections, except in certain instances. Reproduction for publication purposes, therefore, is subject to your securing permission from persons, corporations, or other legal entities which may own or claim such rights under the copyright law.

Under the law effective January 1, 1978, both published and unpublished works are protected by the copyright law. In addition to written works, the law also covers musical compositions, drama, pantomimes, choreography, pictures, graphics, sculpture, sound recordings, motion pictures, and other audiovisual creations.

All responsibility for questions of copyright that may arise in the use made of copies of our material must be assumed by the applicant.


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