Guidelines for Photocopies or Electronic Reserve for Classroom Use

Please place your request as early as possible, (i.e. when you order textbooks) since we need time to research and perhaps refer you elsewhere since we do not always control rights to the material you want.

Your request should include the following information about our material:

  • Title of Our book (not a textbook or other secondary source);
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Your request should include the following information about your use:

  • Give full name of school, course and term; or workshop name, or lecture with dates.
  • Total number of copies required.
  • Is the material is to be photocopied or placed on electronic reserve
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  • Will the material be distributed alone or part of a custom coursepack with other material.
  • If this is a reuse, please provide the contract number of your previous grant
  • Your complete contact information including a mailing address.

Clearance for most Penguin Classics must be obtained from Permissions Dept., Penguin Group (UK) Ltd.80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, ENGLAND, Fax: 44 207 010 6060, E-Mail:

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Send Written requests to:

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By e-mail: (Adult titles only.)

Please note that the Juvenile Permissions Department does NOT accept requests via email.

The main Adult Permissions phone number is (212) 366-2684.
The main Juvenile Permissions phone number is (212) 366-2241.

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