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Course Reserves

The Course Reserve Collection is located at the Circulation Desk and is staffed all hours that the library is open.

Fines

  • 2-Hours, 3-Hours, & Overnight Loan: $1.00 per hour or part thereof, to a maximum of $10.00 per item (with NO reductions)
  • 7-Day Loan: $1.00 per day to a maximum of $10.00 per item (with NO reductions)

Faculty Guidelines for Placing Materials on Course Reserve

  • Faculty must complete a Course Reserve request form for all items to be placed on Course Reserve:
    • Course Reserve request forms, available at the Circulation Desk, must be submitted with all materials to the Circulation Desk.
    • Complete the online Course Reserve Request Form for library-owned books or videos.
  • Course Reserve Requests may be submitted any time during the semester and will be processed in the order in which they are received.
  • For book chapters and articles not available through our databases, please provide a clean copy with the Course Reserve Request Form. Articles and chapters will be scanned and you will be provided a link to the material to distribute or post to your course. Please read the library’s Copyright/Fair Use Guidelines for Course Reserves, which is available online (below) and at the Circulation Desk. A Sample Request-to-Copy letter is also available.
  • A faculty member’s signature is required when placing personal items on Course Reserve as the Library cannot be responsible for damage or loss of personal materials.
  • Material belonging to other libraries, whether obtained personally or through Interlibrary Loan, and videos obtained from an outside source (such as Netflix) may not be placed on Course Reserve.

Copyright/Fair Use Guidelines for Course Reserves

Copyrighted materials made available via Course Reserves are for use in class and for course study outside of class (including in the library). The use of copyrighted materials in all formats, including the creation, online delivery, and use of digital copies of copyrighted materials submitted for course reserve, must be in compliance with U.S. Copyright law.

The Library’s policy concerning photocopies of copyrighted materials on Course Reserve is defined by the Copyright Act (17 U.S. Code, §107 and 108). No one should post content consisting of copyrighted material or portions of copyrighted material without first:

  • Determining that the content falls within the public domain,
  • Obtaining permission from the copyright owner, or
  • Determining, after a reasonable analysis, that the content is a fair use for which permission is not required.

The 1997 Conference on Fair Use (CONFU) established guidelines for educators incorporating portions of lawfully acquired copyrighted works into their educational programs. These are guidelines only, and not mandated by law – they provide a starting point for assessing whether your use of material qualifies as Fair Use. The recommended guidelines are:

  • No more than 10% or 3 minutes (whichever is less) of motion-based works;
  • No more than 10% or 30 seconds (whichever is less) of a song or video;
  • No more than 10% of a text; and
  • Entire photographs or illustrations may be used provided that no more than 10% or 15 images (whichever is less) come from any one source.

Fair Use allows limited use of copyrighted materials for educational and research purposes. The statute outlines four factors that should be assessed in determining whether a use is a Fair Use. These are:

  • Purpose and character of your use
  • Nature of the copyrighted work
  • Amount and substantiality of the portion taken, and
  • Effect of the use upon the potential market.

The test is, intentionally, fact dependent. You need to look at each use individually to determine if it is a Fair Use.

Linking is not Copying

Maxwell Library provides access to a number of databases and electronic journals by subscription agreement with vendors such as EBSCO, Gale, JSTOR, Project Muse, and ProQuest. Licensing agreements vary in addressing whether or not content may be downloaded and posted to an e-reserves system or learning management system (such as Blackboard). We strongly suggest that faculty LINK to database or e-journal content rather than copying and re-posting the content.