Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

Copyright: Guidelines for Librarians

Librarians and information professionals require a solid understanding of copyright law and this self-paced online learning course by LIANZA covers all aspects of the relation between New Zealand’s copyright law and its libraries.

Course Content

The content of this online course has been adapted from The Copyright Act 1994 and Amendments: Guidelines for Librarians (7th ed.), edited by Tony Millet.

All aspects of New Zealand copyright law are covered, including:

  • the purpose and nature of copyright
  • copyright ownership and duration
  • copyright infringement
  • copying for research or private study and education
  • copying by libraries (including digital copying and communication)
  • copying for inter-loan
  • multi-media copying
  • copyright licensing
  • copyright and the internet
  • the infringing file sharing regime
  • technological protection measures and copyright management information.

Course Format

The course is self-paced, and involves approximately three hours of online learning. Once you start, you will have six months to complete it – plenty of time to fit your professional development in with a busy schedule.

The course won’t be facilitated by a tutor, you will work your way through the material by reading a section of information and answering the check questions at the end of the section. All you need is access to a web browser.

The course costs NZD$50.00 (GST inclusive) for LIANZA members and personal members of ALIA, and NZD$80.00 (GST inclusive) for non-members.


There are a few simple steps required to get registered for this course. Have a look at our online course registration page, and then get stuck in!

Revalidation and related resources
If you're professionally registered, don’t forget to record the learning in your revalidation journal under to BoK 1 and you can search our learning resources for more materials in this area.

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