Department Fair Use Guidelines

Fair Use provides that a single copy (e.g. download or print) may be made for personal reading, research, or education. Any other use without permission from the copyright holder is illegal. Making multiple copies for republication, for example, would violate the spirit of the agreement under which the John B. Cade Library provides you with access, to Electronic Reserve materials.

Copyright Guidelines for Digital Reserves




  • In accordance with fair use (U.S. Copyright Act), electronic reserve systems may include copyrighted materials at the request of a course instructor.
  • Electronic reserve may include short items (such as an article from a journal, a chapter from a book or conference proceedings, or a poem from a collected work) or excerpts from longer items. "Longer items" may include articles, chapters, poems, and other works that are of such length as to constitute a substantial portion of a book, journal , or other work of which they may be a part. "Short items" may include articles, chapters, poems and other works of a customary length and structure as to be a small part of a book, journal or other work, even if that work may be marked individually.
  • Electronic reserve library should not include any material unless the instructor, the library or another unit of the educational institution possesses a lawfully obtained copy.
  • The total amount of material included in electronic reserve systems for a specific course as a matter of fair use should be a small proportion of the total assigned reading for a particular course.

    Materials which will be placed on Electronic Reserve in the John B. Cade Library without obtaining Copyright Permission:

    1. Exams and homework solutions
    2. Lecture notes
    3. Student papers
    4. Government publications
    5. An article from a journal issue
    6. A chapter from a book

    We will not place an entire book which is in print on electronic reserve.


    1. All use of materials placed on electronic reserve will be at the initiative of faculty solely for the non-commercial, educational usage of students.
    2. There will be no charge for access; the charge for copies made by students will be limited to the nominal cost of photocopies or laser prints.
    3. Copyright notice will appear on screen in the online reserve library and on copies made of reserve readings to indicate that materials may be covered by copyright law.
    4. Materials on electronic reserve will be accessible only by faculty name, course name, course number, and name of department. In the future, other measures may be introduced to assure that only students in the class have access to the reserve materials for the respective course.
    5. At the end on each semester, all material on electronic reserve will be suppressed, unless it does not fall under copyright restrictions or unless copyright permission has been requested and been granted by the publisher, or if the instructor has written notification that the item or items are to remain on reserve for extended period. Should you have questions, contact the Systems and Technology Office at 771-4934 or send an e-mail to our Electronic Services Librarian.

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