Photocopying and fax


We offer

  • black and white copying facilities are available at Beechwood Road, Brighouse, Central Library on the ground floor and in the Local Studies Department, Elland, Hebden Bridge, King Cross, Mixenden, Northowram, Rastrick, Skircoat, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden libraries;
  • colour copying facilities at Central Library on the ground floor.


Size Black and white Colour
A4 10p per copy £1.00 per copy
A3 20p per copy £1.50 per copy


Photocopying and copyright

When making any photocopy the question of copyright should always be considered before proceeding. If you are in any doubt as to whether your copying is legal, you should ask a member of library staff first.

The law of copyright protects authors and publishers (copyright owners) against theft or abuse of their intellectual property. Where a work remains in copyright, restrictions apply as to what proportion can be copied, by whom and for what purpose.

Some guidelines on copying for a non-commercial purpose

  • Literary works

As a general guide, even when copying literary works for personal study or research only, you are not allowed to make more than a single copy, and this should be of no more than a “reasonable” proportion of the whole work. The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) advises that you stay within the following limits:

Journals and periodicals - one article from any one issue

Published works - one chapter or 5% of the work.

  • Ordnance Survey maps

The Ordnance Survey stipulates that, where a map is in copyright, you may make a maximum of four copies of one extract, not exceeding A4 size, from any one map. This must only be for personal, non-commercial use.

No copies (electronic or in hard copy) may be taken in libraries for planning applications. Copies for planning purposes are no longer available from the Planning Section of Calderdale Council and should instead be obtained from the Planning Portal.

  • Copying for a commercial purpose

It is important to be aware that, by law, copying carried out for a commercial purpose requires prior permission from the copyright owner or payment of a copyright fee.

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Sticker Scheme, provides a simple way to pay a copyright fee and lawfully copy extracts from books, magazines or journals, for commercial purposes. This can be done in the Central Reference Library, although, there are exceptions which are not covered. Local Studies staff can advise on use of the scheme.

To help you decide whether your copying is for a commercial purpose, the Copyright Licensing Agency and the British Library have jointly prepared some FAQ's: Copyright Licensing Agency.


To help you send those urgent documents, we offer a Fax service at Brighouse, Elland, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden libraries.

Please ask library staff for help in faxing documents.


To send a fax
Destination 1st sheet Subsequent sheets
Within the UK £1 80p each
Overseas £2 £1.50 each
There is a flat rate 50p fee for each sheet, to receive a fax.



See also