Statement of public task

Our statement of public task as defined by the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.

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This statement sets out the functions carried out by the University of Sussex Library that are within our public task under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (the “2015 Regulations”) 

The public task of the library is articulated in its Strategic Plan

The library undertakes selective digitisation of items in its collections and facilitates re-use wherever copyright law, data protection and the availability of funding allow. The library does not have a dedicated budget for digitisation, so is reliant on charging fees for the digitisation, supply, and licensing of content to meet those costs.  

Information available for re-use 

University of Sussex Library material, which falls within the public task and therefore is potentially available for re-use can be located as follows: 

  • Information resources in various formats searchable via Library search 
  • Digitised material and original material from Special Collections available from The Keep catalogue 

Only material that is out of copyright or copyright of the University of Sussex is potentially available for re-use.  Please note that this accounts for only a small proportion of the information resources held by the library.

PSI requests 

If you have any query about this public task statement, wish to enquire about re-use of information under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015, or wish to lodge a complaint about a decision made in relation to the Regulations, please write to In any request, please include full name and address, full details of the material you would like to re-use and the purpose for which it is to be re-used.  In accordance with the regulations, any request for re-use will be addressed within 20 working days or an explanation provided if a longer delay is anticipated. 

Date of issue 


Date renewed/revised 

09/2019, 04/2020, 04/2021, 04/2022, 04/2023 

Policy owner 

Library Leadership Team 

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