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Library Services for Faculty

Course Reserves

Placing Items on Library Reserve

Reserve materials are supplementary resources instructors can make available to their students. These materials circulate for short loan periods: 2-hr (Library Use Only), 1-day, 3-day or 1 week. Reserve materials are kept behind the circulation counter, and students need to request them by their library call number.

To Place Items on Reserve

  • Read the guidelines below
  • Fill out the Request Form
  • Bring the item(s) and form to the FLC Library, EDC Library or RCC Learning Resources Center.

Please allow 3 business days for the processing to be completed when adding or removing reserve items. 

 

Guidelines for Placing Materials on Library Reserve

Reserve materials are supplementary resources instructors can make available to their students. Instructors may request to have materials owned by the library placed on Reserve. Instructors may also place personal copies of books, videos, and other materials on Reserve. The library is not liable if personal copies are lost or damaged; however, the library will replace the item if replacement charges are recovered from the responsible patron.

Copyright Statement

All copyrighted material placed on Reserve must include appropriate citations or attributions to their sources. Instructors are responsible for obtaining copyright permission for the materials they place on reserve. All copyrighted material will include the following Section 108 (f) (1) notice:

This material may be protected by Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Under certain conditions specified in the United States Copyright Law, libraries and archives may be authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction may not be 'used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.' One copy may be made for scholarly purposes. No further reproduction, transmission, or electronic distribution of this material is permitted unless copyright fees are paid.

Many items do not require advance copyright permission:
  • Exams written by the instructor
  • Lecture notes
  • Items for which the instructor legally owns (e.g., books and media)
  • Items for which the instructor has already secured copyright permission (with appropriate documentation)
  • Government publications
  • Items in the public domain
  • Links to articles within library subscribed databases
  • Links to Web sites
Items that will be placed on Reserve if copyright permission is secured:
  • Multiple articles from the same journal issue
  • Multiple chapters of a book
  • Student produced materials
  • An article or chapter that has been used the previous semester by the same instructor for the same course
Items that will not be placed on Reserve:
  • Course packs (unless copyright permissions for each item have been obtained in advance)
  • Consumables, or copies of consumables (materials such as workbooks or exercises intended for a single use only)
  • Illegal copies of print materials or media (e.g., shows recorded from television, a copied textbook, or burned DVD/CD)
Obtaining Copyright Permission

In accordance with Fair Use, copyrighted materials supplied by faculty members will be placed on Reserve for one semester without obtaining permission, unless the item is already owned by the library. Thereafter, the library will not keep any copyrighted material on Reserve unless the faculty member has obtained official permission.

Instructors are responsible for obtaining copyright permission for the materials they place on reserve. Copyright permission can often be easily obtained through the Copyright Clearance Center at www.copyright.com. Please contact a librarian for further information or assistance.