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Fair Use

Library Reserves and Fair Use
Library reserves are considered an extension of the classroom, and the same rules of "fair use" apply. The library will accept photocopies to be placed on reserve only within the copyright guidelines.

  • If the library owns the periodical or book in which the assigned article or chapter appears, then the periodical issue or book will be put on reserve instead of a photocopy.
  • Under no circumstances will the library accept a photocopy of an entire book or periodical issue.

Placing items on Course Reserve

It is helpful if the list of items to be placed on reserve is given to a staff member well before the beginning of the semester. In the interest of space, materials are removed after each semester unless we hear otherwise. Please keep a list of the items you have had on reserve as our computer system does not store the information.

The library maintains a course reserve section behind the circulation desk. Books are shelved by the instructor's name, or in some cases by department. Library materials of any kind may be reserved: circulating books, reference books, videos, DVDs, etc. In general, reserve items circulate within the library only, but the instructor may specify another loan period.

Although we work to assure the security of all items in the library, faculty members placing their own materials on reserve do so at their own risk.

Since we must observe copyright restrictions, we cannot accept materials that may be in violation of fair use guidelines. The librarian has the final say in such cases.

At the end of each semester, a librarian will contact faculty members with reserve materials and ask which, if any, should remain for the next term. If there is no response, it will be assumed that all items are to be removed. We cannot keep photocopies of journal articles more than one semester due to copyright restrictions. These will be returned to the professor.



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