The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” The library will honor Course Reserves or Electronic Reserves requests to support class study.
Due to the restrictions imposed by copyright law, the following restrictions apply:
- Items put on Course Reserves must be owned by the library or the faculty member. We will accept purchase requests for items not owned but note these will require extra processing time.
- Items placed on reserves for more than one consecutive semester may require copyright permission. The Z. Smith Reynolds Library will manage copyright compliance for items that are carried over from one semester to another.
- Up to 10% (or one chapter) of a book, or one article from a single journal issue, may be placed on electronic reserves. If more than one chapter, article, or more than 10% is requested, we will post one chapter electronically and place the book on hard copy reserves, or will seek copyright permission from the copyright holder.
- Under certain circumstances and if permitted by copyright law, more than 10% of a book may be posted and copyright royalties will be paid by the Library.
- The Library will automatically pay up to $200 per item to obtain copyright permission from the copyright holder. If copyright royalties are in excess of $200, we will contact the faculty member to determine if the reading is still warranted or to see if alternate methods for providing access can be explored.
Course Reserves is intended to provide supplementary material for a course. It is not intended to replace a course textbook.
More on Copyright
For more information on copyright and fair use, see our Copyright Information Resources page.