Copyright Resources and Information for Virtual Library Programs

As librarians pursue ways to offer online programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, many publishers and authors continue to temporarily relax copyright restrictions to allow for virtual library programming using their works. Below is a list of resources, articles, and information regarding copyright. Please read the individual pages carefully, as they can differ significantly as to their requirements and limitations.

Information on Individual Publishers:

  • School Library Journal (SLJ) maintains an extensive document on individual publishers that is consistently updated with rights extensions: SLJ COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory (Update: As the world works on reopening safely, some publishers have decided to extend their deadlines in the meantime. Publishers with extended dates are highlighted in the table of contents with an *.)
  • Penguin Randomhouse - License extended to September 30th, 2021
  • Cherry Lake/Sleeping Bear – Please delete any publicly posted videos (on Youtube, Instagram. Facebook, etc) by September 1, 2021. 

Group Sourced Documents

Additional Resources

(Updated: 7/22/21)