Why libraries don't hold copyright
So I understand librarians. They keep order and make things easy for people like me. They alphabetize and mend the books. It's their job to look after things. And you really can't blame them if they get a little, uh, possessive. And in the digital world, librarians are now thinking that they have copyright on the materials that they hold. They don't. Never did.
Libraries do not have copyright on the books they store, nor on the images, or anything else. Unless, of course the library itself created that book, or photograph. The copyright belongs to the author, or the photographer. And when a work goes into public domain, of course, the copyright belongs to all of us.
I don't expect librarians to be experts on copyright law. That is best left to experts like the wonderful copyright attorney (whose name I will not publish here, because I haven't asked his permission), who came to the Graphic Design classes that I taught at AIPX and GCC every semester for years.
I hope this helps.
Posted by Brad Hall