Course reserve procedures for materials protected by copyright rely on the fair use section of the Copyright Act of 1976.  Section 107 of the Copyright Act permits the making of multiple copies for classroom use and identifies four factors in determining fair use:

General Guidelines for Electronic Reserve

Copyright vs Non-Copyright Materials

Materials which require copyright permission are:

Materials which do not require copyright permission include:

How to Obtain Permission from Copyright Holder?

The instructor or department is responsibility for obtaining copyright permission when placing item(s) on reserve.  The Library will pay all “reasonable” copyright fees charged by the publisher or CCC.  Submit your bill to the Library Director’s office (732) 224-2482.

The Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) will obtain permissions for you for a fee.

You may obtain permission on your own, usually at no cost, by writing to the copyright owner.

View a “Sample Draft Letter to Copyright Owner” in PDF.

A copy of the documentation granting permission will be kept in the Library at all times.

For additional information and assistance with placing materials on electronic reserves, please contact the Library at 732-224-2935.

Adapted from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale