Library Policies

NEC community members are expected to follow accepted academic standards in the use of information. Guidance on the correct use of information and documentation of sources can be found on the Blumenthal Library’s website.

NEC complies with relevant Copyright laws in all areas. Copying you may do without permission:

  • Any material that has a copyright date before 1924 is in the public domain and may be copied or scanned without permission.
  • Emergency copies are allowed if music for an imminent performance or audition has been forgotten.  However, you must already own the music yourself.
  • For teaching or other academic purposes, you may copy 10% or less of a whole work.
  • For an exam or for the purpose of teaching, you are allowed to make a single copy of a sound recording that’s owned by NEC.

Copying you may not do without permission:

  • You may not photocopy or scan material in order to avoid purchasing it.  This means that, if it has a copyright date after 1923, you are not permitted to photocopy or scan a score or book unless you already own it.
  • You are not permitted to download a CD or a DVD to your laptop or copy it at any computer.
  • You may not reproduce materials designed to be consumable, such as workbooks or tests.
  • Even if an item is out of print (and published after 1923), permission from the publisher must be sought in writing before copying is permissible.

Detailed copyright guidelines are on the Blumenthal Library copyright guide.

Use of licensed information resources and computing facilities: Most of the electronic information sources are provided to NEC students through licensing arrangements. All members of the NEC community are bound to follow any licensing restrictions. Specific restrictions are provided on the Blumenthal Library website.

The following general guidelines apply to all licensed resources:

  • Access to licensed resources is for the NEC community and members of the public. Passwords and access codes should not be shared with anyone outside of NEC.
  • Systematic, comprehensive downloading of information is not permitted. You may not download an entire database, book or journal, or substantial portions of it.
  • Commercial use of or selling information from these resources is not allowed.

Members of NEC community are expected to follow relevant Information Technology policies when using work stations in the Blumenthal Library or when accessing library resources from any location.

NEC community members should respect the needs of others requiring access to library materials and be ready to share these materials in a timely manner. When a book is recalled for use by another community member, it must be returned to the library promptly. Due dates of materials from NEC and other libraries must be respected.

Certain areas of the library facility may be restricted to certain uses — i.e., group study rooms, quiet areas, etc.

Maintaining and preserving Blumenthal Library materials and facilities is an obligation of all members of the community. Members of the community are not to remove Blumenthal Library materials from the facility without checking them out according to Blumenthal Library circulation policies. Community members are responsible for any damage to library materials while they are checked out and may be charged for replacement of the item and processing. A full description of the Blumenthal Library’s circulation policies is available on the Library’s website.

NEC students are responsible for the actions of guests that they bring into the Blumenthal Library.

NEC has entered into a number of collaborative arrangements with other libraries for access to resources and services. NEC Blumenthal Library’s ability to borrow materials from other libraries is based on our good reputation of returning materials in a timely fashion and in good condition. Community members are responsible for following the circulation and usage policies of these libraries and may be held financially responsible for any loss or damages.

Records of library transactions (circulation, interlibrary loan requests, database access, workstation logs and reference assistance) are considered confidential. An individual’s use of specific materials will be released only to law enforcement officials with legal authority to obtain such materials and proper documentation. Normally a subpoena is required for release of such information.