Copyright Guidelines for Course Reserves

Library Course Reserve Copyright Policies

Photocopying one copy of an article from an owned journal title or a chapter from an owned volume at the request of a faculty member for the purpose of Library Course Reserve fits within Copyright guidelines of Fair Use.

Multiple copies made for Library Course Reserve

  • The amount of material should be reasonable (discretionary designation) with respect to the total amount of material assigned for one term of a course taking into account the nature of the course, its subject matter and level, 17 U.S.C. 401(1) and (3).
  • The number of copies should be reasonable (discretionary designation) in light of the number of students enrolled, the difficulty and timing of assignments, and other courses which may assign the same material, 17 U.S.C. 107(1) and (3).
  • Material should contain some form of copyright notice (17 U.S.C. 401).
  • The effect of photocopying the material should not be detrimental to the market for the work. In general, the library should own at least one copy of the work, 17 U.S.C. 107(4). (From the ALA Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying for Classroom, Research and Library Reserve Use, March '82.)
  • Multiple copies of a copyrighted article may be requested by a faculty member and put on reserve by the library if time does not allow for copyright permission to be granted.
  • To avoid any question of copyright infringement the library will mark copies of the work "Property of xxxx"
  • These materials should be returned to the faculty member when they are removed from reserve.

Additional information may be found in the Copyright Law of the United States of American and Related Laws Contained in Title 17.