Copyright knowledge of library staff and students in an academic library

  • Maropene Thomas Ramabina University of Venda
  • Zawedde Nsibirwa University of KwaZulu Natal


The study aims to assess the level of copyright knowledge among library staff and law students at the University of Venda (UNIVEN) library in Thohoyandou, Limpopo province, South Africa. The study used a quantitative research approach using a survey to gather data on understanding and awareness of copyright laws on campus. Google Forms was used to collect data. The population consisted of 38 library staff selected using a census sampling method and 112 final-year and postgraduate law students selected using a stratified random sampling method. The results of the study show that UNIVEN law students are more knowledgeable about basic copyright matters such as policies, copyright protection, public domain, copyright limitations, and fair dealing, copyright ownership than library staff. The research findings provided insight into the current level of copyright knowledge among library staff and law students and suggested strategies to improve copyright education and training in libraries. The results of this study will be useful to librarians, academics, and policymakers interested in promoting copyright literacy and compliance in academic libraries.


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Author Biographies

Maropene Thomas Ramabina, University of Venda
Law LibrarianReference DivisionUniversity of Venda Library Services
Zawedde Nsibirwa, University of KwaZulu Natal
Dr Zawedde Nsibirwa is the Senior Lecturer, Information Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal
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