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Copyright Basics: Course Reserves

Reserves - Copyright Guidelines

Not all materials can be placed on reserve without the permission of copyright owners. These includes:

  • Photocopies not made by the Library of an original work. Instructors must provide the original work, which the Library will photocopy according to copyright restrictions. Only one copy from the original work will be placed on reserve. 
  • Consumable works, such as standardized tests, exercises and workbooks.
  • Course packs.
  • Copies of entire entities, since "Fair Use” according to copyright allows reproduction of an appropriate amount of a single source that does not impinge upon the rights of the copyright holder.
  • If you wish to place a copy of a video on reserve, please consult a librarian to see if your video meets copyright requirements.

Note: The Library reserves the right to refuse an item for reserve if, in its judgment, acceptance of the item will result in copyright infringement.

Faculty are encouraged to speak with a librarian for help finding appropriate course materials among our online subscription resources, including more than 2,000 journals.

Cardinal Cushing Library has developed Guidelines for use of Reserves. They are based on the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries (January 2012).  Please also refer to: 

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