Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015

Statement of Public Task

The Library is required to comply with the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. This regulates how information it creates or holds is made available for re-use.

This statement sets out the functions carried out by Newcastle University Library that are within the Library’s public task under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. This statement is regularly reviewed and is due to be reviewed again no later than 31 December 2016.

The purpose of the University Library is to develop and deliver high quality and innovative information services, resources and environments to support the research, learning and teaching of the University and to benefit the wider community.

The public task of the library is further articulated in its current strategic plan.

The Library undertakes digitisation and facilitates re-use for the unique and distinctive collections it holds wherever copyright law, data protection, and the condition of the material will permit this. The Library does not have a dedicated budget for digitisation, so is reliant on charging fees for making digital copies in order to meet its costs.

Please note, where a collection has been digitised by a 3rd party, they are permitted to set their own charging arrangements and may also charge for re-use. At present re-use of the following collections is administered under the following special arrangements:

  • The photographic section of the Gertrude Bell Archive are administered by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, through a dedicated website.
  • The Cowen Tracts have been digitised as part of the British Pamphlets Online project by JSTOR.

Requests for re-use of Information

If you wish to apply for access and re-use of our unique and distinctive collections under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations please see our Copy and Scan web page.

The Public Sector Information Regulations only govern the re-use of information. To obtain copies of personal information, or other information held by Newcastle University, please make a Subject Access Request or a Freedom of Information Request.

If you have any query about this public task statement, or wish to lodge a complaint about a decision made in relation to the Regulations, please contact us using the library's web form.