Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Developing Tomorrow's Leaders

Course Reserve Policy

Purpose of Course Reserves

Course reserves consist of high demand supplemental materials that are used exclusively for the support of the University’s curriculum.

Guidelines for inclusion of some materials in the course reserve system

The University’s collection development policy states, “The primary goal of the Collection is to support the educational programs of the University.”  Therefore, any materials from the library’s collection included in the reserve system were obtained for educational and/or non-profit purposes.
Tangible items that have been obtained legally by the library or faculty can be placed on reserve without restriction or time limits.

Mansfield University often pays an institutional subscription price for serials, which means that the subscription comes with the privilege of supporting multiple users.

Copyright Guidelines for Course Reserve

The selection and the copying of materials for course reserves at North Hall are governed by section 107 of Title 17 of the United States code.

§ 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use
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The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.
Please be advised: North Hall Library personnel reserve the right to refuse materials for inclusion in the reserve system if the inclusion of such materials, in their opinion, violates US Copyright Law.

Specific Guidelines for Reserves

  1. Only faculty and library staff can put materials on reserve
  2. Materials placed on reserve are for the sole use of Mansfield University students.
  3. Only lawfully acquired materials can be placed on reserve.
  4. At the end of each semester all reserve material will be removed and be returned to the stacks or to the faculty.
  5. All reserve materials must include proper attribution and copyright notices.
  6. Articles obtained through interlibrary loan cannot be used in the E-Reserve system unless the material is covered under the University Copyright Clearance License.
  7. Articles in print (either from the library or articles you own)  can be placed on e-reserve for one semester without any restriction.  There is no time limit on the use of resources covered by the Copyright Clearance License.
  8. More information can be found at the Library's Reserves Page and the Library's Copyright Clearance Center Page.