A quick guide to electronic and in-house reserves.

Copyright Policy for Electronic and In-library Reserves

The Regis University Library adheres to the copyright policy for Regis University.

Fair use guidelines are found in section 107 of the 1976 US Copyright Act published in Title 17 of the US Code. Fair Use permits the public to make limited use of copyrighted works without permission, according to these four factors:

  • the purpose of your use,
  • the nature of the work you are using,
  • the amount of the work you are using and
  • the effect of your use on the value of or market for the original work.

If the use of the work you intend to place on reserve is not a fair use according to these factors, and the material is not in the public domain, you will need to seek copyright permission before items can be placed on e-reserve or in-library reserve. The Access Services Coordinator will assist instructors in evaluating how copyright applies to course materials before materials will be included in the e-reserve and in-library reserve systems.

  • All materials must include a copyright notice.
  • Articles and excerpts can only be used one time under fair use guidelines. Repetitive use requires copyright permission from the Copyright Clearance Center or publisher per use. Fees may be required.
  • Only legally obtained materials may be included in the e-reserve and in-library reserve systems.
  • The library will not charge for access to reserve materials, nor will it sell photocopies, printouts, or copies of reserve items.
  • At the end of session or term the course e-reserve will no longer be available and all in-library reserve materials will be pulled from the shelves unless copyright permission has been obtained for repeated use per session or term.

The library reserves the right to refuse to place any item on either reserve system that it believes violates copyright law.