Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Developing Tomorrow's Leaders

E-reserve Policy

Purpose of E- Reserves

E-Course reserves consist of supplementary course materials that are used exclusively for the support of the University’s curriculum.

Copyright Guidelines for Course Reserve

The selection and the copying of materials for e-reserves at the North Hall Library 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The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.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 E-Reserve system if the inclusion of the submitted resources, in their opinion, violates US Copyright Law.

Specific Guidelines for E-Reserves  Resources Under Fair Use

  1. Many of the vendors of the electronic databases held by the North Hall Library allow linking to their content for E-reserves.  The library will use links to subscribed databases for E-reserves whenever possible.
  2. Only Faculty can put materials on E-Reserves
  3. Only lawfully acquired materials owned by the University or the faculty or the library can be placed on E- Reserve.
  4. Only a small portion of a copyrighted work can be placed on E-Reserves, for example, a chapter from a book, one article from an issue of a journal, or other small parts of a work.
  5. E-Reserve can only be accessed by course number and instructor’s name.
  6. All electronic reserve materials are password protected.
  7. All electronic files in the E-Reserve system will not be accessible after the end of the semester.
  8. All reserve materials must include proper attribution and copyright notices.
  9. Articles obtained through interlibrary loan cannot be used in the E-Reserve system unless the material is covered under the University Copyright Clearance License.
  10. 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.
  11. E-Reserve materials without permissions should only be used as supplementary materials to the core course resources. 
  12. Links to E-reserves maybe included in a Desire2Learn site as long as access is limited to students enrolled in the course.

For More Information, please see the Library's Copyright Clearance Page.