Answered By: Reference Librarian
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2014     Views: 10

Reserves have the following copyright limitations:

  • Books
    • Only one (1) chapter from a book may be placed on reserve unless the instructor received the copyright holder's written permission and acknowledged receipt when submitting materials to reserve. This applies to edited collections of readings and essays, because each reading is considered a chapter.
  • Journals and Newspapers
    • Only one (1) article and not more than 25% of the content of an issue of one journal may be placed on reserve unless the instructor received the copyright holder's written permission and acknowledged receipt when submitting materials to reserve. Newspapers are treated the same as journals.
    • The exception are articles available through the Library's subscription-based databases, which have no licensing restrictions.
  • US Government Publications
    • Most government publications are in the public domain, i.e., they are not copyrighted, allowing unlimited use and reproduction.
  • Course packs
    • Only one (1) copy of a commercially-produced course pack may be placed on reserve. The course pack must be for the current semester only and produced under the guidelines of current copyright law. Course packs from previous semesters will not be placed on reserve unless copyright permission has been extended.