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Can I place my own works on reserve?

You may use your own works if you are the copyright holder. Most publishing agreements, however, assign the copyright to the publisher, not the author. This means that the publisher’s permission is still required for anything that exceeds the limits of our license or the Fair Use exemption.

Can I put e-reserves on the library website myself?

Lewis Library staff will add e-reserves to individual courses in Canvas. Please submit a Reserves Request Form for electronic materials. You will then be contacted by email or phone to add the appropriate library staff member to your course in Canvas as a teacher assistant. Material will then be uploaded to your Canvas course in a Library Reserves folder.

Can I put multiple copies on reserve?

We have a limit of one book per 30 students. The library will accept a maximum of three copies for reserve. We will gladly accept your personal copies if you would like to loan them to the library for a semester or two. They will be labeled and checked out like regular library materials.

Can I place items on reserve that I have used before?

Yes, with some restrictions. Originals and most currently licensed resources can be placed on reserve. Unlicensed photocopies or electronic copies can be used only once under the Fair Use exemption of the copyright law. Subsequent uses require permission from the publisher and possible royalty payments. Library staff can assist with obtaining permissions and any royalty payments will be passed through to the department. The costs will vary according to the work, the duration of the use, and the number of students in the class.

How do I put things on reserve in the library?

Submit a Reserves Request Form. Requests must come from a faculty member or a UNTHSC department.

How much can I copy for reserves?

You may copy a single article from a given periodical issue or one book chapter. These limits are based on the Model Policy of the American Library Association and national guidelines such as the 1996 Conference on Educational and Library Fair Use (CONFU). We may be able to provide a link to licensed materials or offer another solution. In no case can a copy of an entire in-copyright work be used for reserve without permission from the copyright owner. Before making copies please check to see if the library has the item available in print or electronically.

What’s the big deal about copyright?

Copyright gives authors and other creators certain rights under federal law. There are some exemptions for libraries and for educational uses, but the university must operate within their boundaries or pay the copyright holders to use their work. Copyright law controls the use of copies for reserves, as well as copies that library staff members make to fulfill document delivery or interlibrary loan requests. Originals, whether owned by the library or by the instructor, can circulate freely. Increasingly, though, information resources are provided electronically. Our use of them is typically controlled not by copyright law, but by our license agreements with individual publishers and content aggregators. The library has the responsibility to monitor and to abide by these legal agreements. We are happy to help you make the best decisions regarding copyright, and can assist you in obtaining rights to use materials.

Where can I get more information about course reserves?

Please email for more information about course reserves.