Course Reserve Copyright Guidelines

The library policy for Course Reserve Materials is derived from the Fair Use provisions of the United States Copyright Act of 1976. The sole purpose of the course reserves is to facilitate the distribution of materials for educational use by students.

Fair Use Guidelines
(Stanford University Libraries)

All materials placed on course reserve shall be done so at the request of faculty and teaching staff solely for the non-commercial, educational usage of students.

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 course reserve.

Materials which usually do not require copyright permission:

  • Exams, syllabi, lecture notes, homework answers
  • Student Papers (assuming consent of author was given)
  • United States Government publications
  • A single article from a journal issue (for one semester only)
  • One chapter from a book (for one semester only)

Materials which usually do require copyright permission:

  • Articles from journals that are needed for more than one semester
  • Multiple articles from a single journal issue
  • A single chapter from a book that is needed for more than one semester
  • Multiple chapters from a book
  • Materials that will be used repeatedly by the same instructor for the same course

An instructor can request popyright 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)

All course reserve materials will be removed from the course reserve system at the end of the semester they are used.

Copyright notification will appear on traditional copies of course reserve readings to indicate that materials may be covered by copyright law. Materials on course reserve should include appropriate citations or attributions to their sources.

Materials on course reserve are accessible by faculty name and course number.

There will be no charge for access to the course reserve collection. The charge for copies made by students will be limited to the nominal cost of photocopies.


Julia E. Jackman-Brink
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