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Copyright Guidelines

What Can be Placed on Reserve?

These materials can be placed on Reserve WITHOUT copyright permission:

  • Complete books owned by the library or instructor may be placed on physical reserve. Review copies of textbooks may not be placed on reserve due to copyright restrictions unless written permission is granted by the publisher.
  • Book chapters: One chapter, not to exceed 10% of the book. 
  • Journal and newspaper articles: One article from a single issue of a journal or newspaper may be placed on Reserve each term.
  • Public domain documents
  • U.S. government documents
  • Materials created by the class instructor (class notes, syllabi, etc.)

These materials NEED COPYRIGHT PERMISSION to be placed on Reserve:

  • Materials obtained through interlibrary loan or owned by another library
  • Unpublished manuscripts, student papers, SIPs, or theses that are not accompanied by written permission from the author

These materials cannot be placed on Reserve:

  • Consumables: Standardized tests, workbooks, course packs, answer sheets, or other commercial products of a similar nature. Fair use guidelines state that the use must not affect market value, and consumables fall under this principle.
  • Any materials that do not conform to copyright laws (Title 17 U.S. Code)

Obtaining Copyright Permission

The Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) at is the first place to check for permission.  CCC facilitates copyright compliance by providing one-stop-shopping for those seeking permissions to use materials. 

Librarians can help you find out the cost of permission and how to get it. Contact  us at if you have questions!

Link or Copy?

Should I link to a document or make a copy (pdf)? 

Best practice under fair use is to link to a document (usually on a website or in the library databases) whenever possible.