Copyright Guidelines

(for a guide to copyright generally, please visit

For an overview of Fair Use Guidelines see:

Copyright and Fair Use
(Stanford University Libraries)

Copyright and the Electronic Reserve System
(University of Texas)

For an overview of Copyright and Electronic Reserve see:

Copyright and Electronic Reserves
(Georgia Harper, Office of General Counsel, University of Texas System)

For an overview on the Use of Electronic Media and the TEACH Act see:

Copyright at Colorado State University

The TEACH Toolkit (NCSU)

Samantha Hines, Distance Education Coordinator

The following guidelines are established, but do not preclude further restrictions by the Mansfield Library:

  1. All materials placed on Reserve (paper or electronic) shall be done so at the initiative of faculty and teaching staff solely for the non-commercial, educational usage of students.
  2. It is the responsibility of the course instructor to request and obtain copyright permission, if needed, for class materials they wish to use for their course. This process should be initiated before placing the material on Reserve.
    • Materials which usually do not require Copyright Permission:
      1. Exams, syllabi, lecture notes, homework answers
      2. Student Papers (assuming consent of author was given)
      3. United States Government publications
      4. A single article from a journal issue (for one semester only)
      5. One chapter from a book (for one semester only)
    • Materials which do require Copyright Permission:
      1. Articles from journals that are needed for more than one semester
      2. Multiple articles from a single journal issue
      3. A single chapter from a book that is needed for more than one semester
      4. Multiple chapters from a book
      5. When an out-of-print book is needed for electronic reserve (note: we will not place an entire book which is in print, in the Electronic Reserve System.)
      6. Materials that will be used repeatedly by the same instructor for the same course.
  3. An instructor can request Copyright permission by:
    • Sending a written request to the copyright holder (usually the publisher).
    • By paying a fee to the Copyright Clearance Center. (Note: the Mansfield Library and the University Center Bookstore are both members of the CCC and may be able to assist instructors with this process).
  4. All Reserve Materials (paper or electronic files) will be suppressed from the Reserve system following the Semester for which they are used.
  5. Copyright notification will appear on the screen within the Electronic Reserve System and on traditional copies of reserve readings to indicate that materials may be covered by copyright law. Materials on Reserve should include appropriate citations or attributions to their sources.
  6. Materials on reserve (paper or electronic) are accessible by faculty name and course number. Electronic Reserves for copyrighted materials will be limited to those assigned a personal or course password, so that only those registered for the course will have access to those materials.
  7. There will be no charge for access to the Reserve Material Collection. The charge for copies made by students will be limited to the nominal cost of photocopies or laserprints.

For more information please contact:

Julia E. Jackman-Brink
Phone: (406) 243-6730