Copyright Policies for Reserves
Copyright guidelines for course reserves are written in recognition of current guidelines, practices, statutes, and judicial decisions in order to give instructors and library staff clear procedures that ensure adherence to the Fair Use provisions of Section 107 of the Copyright Act. For more information on copyright and Fair Use, see the Portland State University Copyright Web Page. By submitting a reserve request, the instructor accepts responsibility for copyright compliance.
Electronic materials are accessible to students 24 hours, seven days a week. Instructors should provide a clear, legible copy of the material for course reserves. Course reserves staff will add the material to the electronic reserves section of the course page. The library will link to subscribed databases for electronic reserves whenever possible.
Under Fair Use guidelines, one chapter from a book may be placed on electronic reserve. A single photocopy of a journal article from a non-PSU library source may also be placed on Course Reserves. Please include the complete citation for the book and/or journal article, including the title and author/editor. Intructors should provide a good quality photocopy for scanning.
Student papers or other student-created materials must be accompanied by the student's written permission for the use of materials and a signed FERPA release. FERPA forms are available at the Circulation desk or online:
- All or any part of commercially published study guides, answer keys, workbooks, or solutions manuals without publisher's permission
- Multiple chapters of a book
- Multiple articles from the same journal
Personal and Portland State University Library-owned materials may be placed on reserve for a period of time designated by the instructor.
- Materials owned by the Portland State University library
- Personal copies of books, textbooks and audio-visual materials
- Materials written by the instructor and for which the instructor owns copyright
- Personal lecture notes, exams and syllabi
- Academic course packets prepared by a copyright clearance center or commercial copy center, such as Clean Copy or the Portland State University Bookstore.
- Materials requested through Summit or Interlibrary Loan
- Non-commercial DVDs, videotapes, CDs or audiotapes
Note: All materials submitted to Course Reserves are subject to copyright review by the Course Reserves Coordinator and the Access Services Manager. For further information, please call the Course Reserves Coordinator at 503.725.4518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.