Class Packets

Course Packet and Copyright Clearance

The Copyright Clearance Office can easily take care of all your course packet needs. The Copyright Clearance Office serves the University community and operates within the Multimedia & Print Center, allowing one-stop service for all of your needs. Our mission is to produce for you the highest-quality instructional materials at the best possible price, and to ensure materials are available at the bookstore or your department on time.

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Permissions, E-Cataloging, Production, Distribution, Quick Add-Ons, Easy Reorders, Cancellations


Our staff will request copyright permissions via:

  • the Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
  • our site license with Harvard
  • publishers

You may submit articles in advance of your entire packet to help expedite the permissions process. We'll keep you updated on the status of permission requests, as well as production timelines.

We are your official University resource for obtaining copyright approvals for course packets and other publications. In fact, Policy AD-46 states that utilizing our services for copyright approvals ensures staff members and their departments will not be liable for financial responsibility in the event of copyright infringement.


Your documents can be scanned into our digital management system for optimal quality. Your documents will be retained in our "e-catalog" for convenient reordering, future reference, updating, and production.


All packets are produced at our full-service Hostetter Building digital center. You will have the opportunity to review a proof copy before your packets are produced. Packets include:

  • black-and-white and color copies
  • Penn State cover with specific course information
  • custom covers are available at additional costs
  • complimentary three-hole drilling and shrink-wrapping
  • custom binding and other production options are available for an additional fee


Your course packets will be sent directly to the Penn State Bookstore on campus. We'll also deliver directly to your office a minimum of two free instructor copies.

Quick Add-Ons

Sometimes actual enrollment exceeds estimated levels. We can expeditiously produce additional course packets; packet add-ons called in by 4:00 p.m. will be ready for the bookstore by the morning of the next business day.

Easy Reorders

Simply give us a call if you are planning to use the same packet for a subsequent semester or session. We'll pull all of the information to request copyright permissions as necessary and get started promptly on your packet.


The bookstore is not charged for any course packets cancelled prior to production.



Providing materials to the Copyright Clearance Office by the following dates will help to ensure that course packets are available for the first day of class. However, please contact our office about turnaround times even if these dates have passed.

Semester Course Packets with Copyrighted Material Course Packets without Copyrighted Material
Fall 2016
Classes Begin 8/22/2016
June 1, 2016 July 25, 2016
Spring 2017
Classes Begin 1/9/2017
October 17, 2016 December 12, 2016
Maymester 2017
Classes Begin 5/8/2017
April 3, 2017 April 24, 2017
Summer I 2017
Classes Begin 7/2/2017
April 10, 2017 May 1, 2017
Summer II 2017
Classes Begin 6/28/2017
May 30, 2017 June 12, 2017


Contact Us

Permission requests and course packet orders may be submitted to the Copyright Clearance Office by phone, fax, email, Courier Service or in person.

Copyright Clearance Office
Linda Lykens, Coordinator
Hostetter Business Services Building
Services Road  (15 minute curb side parking available)
Phone: 814-865-0735
Fax: 814-863-6376