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Check Permissions

Find out what can be copied, shared or re-used under your licence.

What is the difference between CLA and NLA licences, how do they compare and which one do I need?

The Copyright Licensing Agency and NLA media access are separate companies. The Licence you require depends on what your organisation copies. There is no crossover in the publications covered by the two licences. If you copy or reuse copyright articles and information from both sets of material, then you will require a licence from both organisations.  


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NLA media access



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6,924 titles

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1,903 titles 

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11,770 web media sites 

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1,191 web media sites 



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All peer-reviewed STM and HSS journals published in the UK

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All books published in the UK 

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Most UK national and regional titles 



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All books, magazines and journals published in 38 territories

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Newspapers from 27 territories 

Subject to limited exclusions


Our Check Permissions search tool lets you check any specific publication to see if it is covered by your CLA licence.

This search facility accesses our comprehensive database of over 17 million publications  to show what is covered under each type of CLA licence as well as NLA media access education licences.

Enter your search term – the publication title, author, website URL or for best results an ISBN or ISSN identifier into the search bar at the top of this page.

Find out more about CLA licences

Please click on one of the appropriate sector links below. If you aren't sure if you fit exactly into the categories listed, you should choose 'Other businesses and Charities'. 


Pharma & Medical

Document Delivery Suppliers

Hotels & Conference Centres

Media Agencies

Other Businesses and Charities

If you wish to apply for a CLA Licence or if you would like further information to establish if a licence is required, please use the button below to contact us.