The Right to Loan Books: CDL, First Sale, and Digital Access to Collections

Sep 24, 2020, 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Description: Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) provides a legal option for libraries to explore as they reconfigure and reprioritize access to their physical collections and future digital collections in COVID era and beyond. Patrons desire more digital access to works, yet the e-book market is fraught with license-only limitations. CDL helps to preserve the power of the print; it allows a library to recapture the significant legal and fiscal value in its collections. In this one-hour presentation, Kyle K. Courtney (Harvard Library) and Matthew Kopel (Cornell University Library) will give an overview of both the law that underlies CDL and the practical questions libraries must ask before embarking on a CDL project of their own. Featuring a robust Q&A to help dispel common myths and misperceptions, this webinar is a great starting place for both academic and public library administrators and staff.


To help promote candor and create a safe environment for asking questions and sharing ideas, the session will not be recorded.



Matthew Kopel is a Copyright Specialist at Cornell University Library in Ithaca, NY.


Kyle K. Courtney is program manager and copyright advisor at Harvard Library's Office for Scholarly Communications. His "White Paper on Controlled Digital Lending of Library Books" (co-authored with Dave Hansen) defined the legal and policy rationale for CDL:


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