NHSScotland Licence


New Licence means better access to published content for NHS in Scotland

  • New Copyright licence improves the flow of shared information throughout the NHS
  • ‘Licence Plus’ deal includes additional content from the British Library’s On Demand document delivery service
  • New benefits will lead to significant administrative savings for NHS Scotland

This centrally negotiated licence permits the copying, reuse and sharing of digital content as well as copying from print format magazines, books and journals.
The licence also includes the copying of artistic works, such as photographs, illustrations, diagrams and graphics, where they are contained within the publication being copied. To see which countries' publications are covered, see the list of International Territories.

Support Material

NHSScotland Licence Plus - Full terms and conditions of the licence agreement

A3 copying guidelines - notice for display A3 size

A4 copying guidelines - notice for display A4 size

Core benefits of the CLA Licence

Re-use and copying from electronic and online titles published in the UK and the US

Photocopying from titles published in the UK and most major overseas countries

Scanning from titles published in the UK and the US

Storage of articles on a secure intranet

New additional benefits with CLA Licence Plus

Broader storage rights meaning staff can now save articles and extracts for as long as they need

New collaboration rights that allow NHSScotland to share content with other organisations that hold a CLA Licence

A supply of copyright-fee-paid Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free articles from the British Library



Licence restrictions

Please note that there are some works that are excluded from all CLA licences and may not be copied in any form. To see if you can copy from any given title and see all exclusions that apply please use our Check Permissions search tool 

There are also some US publishers whose works are specifically excluded from all CLA licences. See the list of Excluded US publishers.

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