All copyrighted material added to course websites or submitted to the Libraries for print and electronic course reserves must fall within fair use guidelinesInstructors are responsible for determining whether their material meets the criteria for fair use. Course Reserves staff are available to assist instructors with interpretation of the fair use guidelines.

The Libraries reserve the right to decline a reserve request based on their interpretation of copyright law. If a request is denied, the instructor will be notified, and the materials will not be placed on Course Reserves.

  • Links to items available on licensed databases should be used whenever possible.  Creating a copy of an online resource should only occur if the web address for the item is not stable.
  • In general, the Libraries will place library-owned materials on print or electronic course reserves as a fair use of these copyrighted works.  The Libraries will seek permission from the copyright holder only when the Libraries determine the use to be in excess of the provisions of U.S. Copyright Act (Title 17, U.S.C.), section 107.
  • The Libraries will purchase materials that it does not own if requested for course reserves.  Personal copies lawfully purchased by an instructor will be placed on print reserves only.
  • If copyright permission is needed for a photocopy or scan of material, the instructor has the option of placing the physical item on print Course Reserves.
  • Use of materials on electronic reserves is restricted to students enrolled in the course.