Electronic Course Reserves Policy
Reserve materials will be processed in the order they are received and by the date they are due. If no date is
indicated, reserves are processed within 7-10 days. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to your Muskingum account once your e-reserve is available.
In order to limit access to students enrolled in your course, a course password will be provided. The course password
will remain constant throughout the semester, but will change each semester. Please advise students of the
The library makes every effort to provide seamless access to electronic reserves. Technical issues beyond the control
of the library may affect access to electronic reserve.
The library will accept legally obtained materials to be placed on electronic reserves for instructional purposes
provided it receives permission from the copyright holder. A signed letter from the copyright holder will be required
to place an item on electronic reserve. The instructor will be responsible for receiving permission and covering any
royalty fees that may be assessed. The library will assist in the process, but will not be ultimately responsible for
An item may not require a signed permission letter if the instructor or the library believes that usage falls under the
Fair Use guidelines of the U.S. Copyright Law. Examples include:
- One chapter from a book, unless it has been used for e-reserves previously within the last two years.
- One article from a journal, periodical, or newspaper, unless it has been used for e-reserves previously within
the last two years.
- Government documents.
- Public domain materials.
- Materials for which the instructor or institution holds copyright 1
- Materials available through OhioLINK or locally-subscribed databases, provided URLs can be placed on ereserve.
- Internet resources, provided URLs can be placed on e-reserve.
By signing or checking the statement on the reverse, you acknowledge your awareness of the library’s electronic reserve policy.
If you are the copyright holder of the submitted materials, you agree to give the library permission to place the
materials on reserve for an indefinite period. If you are not the copyright holder, you either (a) ascertain to the best
of your knowledge that the item falls under the Fair Use criteria of the U.S. Copyright Law or (b) provide
documentation from the copyright holder granting permission to place the item on electronic reserve for an agreed
upon time period.
FAIR USE (TITLE 17, §107)
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or
phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including
multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a
work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include —
(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factor.
1 An instructor holds copyright to materials created for their course, such as lecture notes, practice exams, and handouts, and must
give the library permission to place them on electronic reserve