The Lee and Jim Vann Library staff supports the principles of fair use. Placement of copyrighted materials on reserves is considered fair use under U.S. Copyright Law only during the first semester the materials are used. Subsequent use of these materials will require the faculty member to obtain copyright permission. (This applies to both print and non-print material for hard copy reserve.)
To expedite processing of requests, appropriate forms must be filled out for each course and for all materials. Forms that are submitted with copies of library books, journal articles, books, etc. are processed with minimum delays. (See also: Reserve Procedures)
Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow an average of three to five days of notice for processing. Every effort will be made to accommodate all requests in a timely manner. Library staff reserves the right to decline requests judged to exceed fair use exemptions of the U.S. Copyright Law until clear proof of exemption or copyright is provided.
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260.399.7700, ext. 6069
Materials that are available through many of the library’s online database collection can be directly linked through your Blackboard course. If a reserve request is submitted and the materials are available electronically, you will be notified so you can make these materials available in this manner. If the material is available electronically, it will not be placed on reserve in the library.
The library does not generally purchase textbooks for the collection or course reserve. Students are responsible for purchasing required course materials from the college bookstore or other textbook supplier. Faculty members may request to place their own personal copy of textbooks or other materials on reserve for student reference. Course reserves are intended to supplement required course materials. No more than three duplicate books per title may be placed on reserve unless an exception can be made based on enrollment numbers.
If you require repeated use of multiple articles or other materials, it may be necessary to compile a course pack for students to purchase in the bookstore in order to comply with U.S. Copyright Law. For assistance in creating a course pack, please contact the campus bookstore.
Please check to see if your reserve request materials are available through the university’s databases accessible from the library homepage. More information is available on the library’s faculty page or you may contact your library liaison for assistance. Checking your resources is a time saver for you and the library staff. It also provides an excellent opportunity to encourage students to learn about and use the many library resources that are available to them.
Below is a summary of the fair use guidelines. The guidelines can be viewed in their entirety on the U.S. Copyright Office Website (US Copyright Title 17).
Note: The conditions for classroom use of copyrighted material may not be the same as for materials placed on reserve in the library.