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Course Readings (formerly E-Reserves)

Introduction to Course Reserves

The University Library provides assistance with both print reserves and digital course readings. The Library is able to place any item it owns on reserve for our on-ground programs to allow students to make use of the material for two hour increments.  Canvas Course Readings, or CCRs (formerly known as ereserves), are no longer actively managed by the library instead it is up to Faculty and Departments both on-ground and online (Online Courses also need to work with the Instructional Design team). Instead the University Library can provide copyright support and assistance in procuring rights to materials that may need copyright clearance.


What is Fair Use?

The fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  1. Purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. Nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. Amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. Effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

Note: The electronic provision of copyright-protected works for Library reserve service and distance learning are unsettled areas of the law which may be addressed by judicial decisions and/or legislation. The Library will continually monitor legal developments that may affect the Fair Use analysis of e-reserves to ensure that Library services are in compliance with the letter and spirit of the U.S. copyright law.

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