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Copyright - Quick and Easy: Course Reserves

This libguide will provide quick answers to the how-tos of understanding copyright. This guide includes forms, contact information and necessary tools for understanding basic copyright.

The purpose of course reserves is to make a limited number of materials accessible to many students. We will accept print reserves for books, videos and CDs. Personal copies of books will be accepted, if the library does nt own a copy. Print Reserves are for “in library use only” but the instructor can give permission for students to take them out overnight.

All material must be reviewed each semester, and if no longer used, should be removed from reserve. 


Warner Memorial Library will accept faculty course reserves that comply with the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). The law is complex, but for educators, the “fair use” doctrine (Sec. 107) is the most important part of the law as it gives guidance to users of copyrighted materials on when it is permissible to legally use copyrighted work without obtaining specific permission from the copyright holder.

The Fair Use Checklist (found under the Fair Use tab of this libguide) will help in determining if the item(s) you plan to put on reserve meet the criteria for fair use.

Please note: it is not permissible to put on reserve books borrowed from other libraries.