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Course Reserves

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Choose the Right Format

Course materials may be placed on library reserve in one of several ways:

Electronic reserves are provided whenever possible. Exceptions: whole books, chapters or articles for which copyright permission for digitization is not granted or available.

The library observes fair use guidelines for print, multimedia, distance learning, etc. For more, see the copyright page.

Print and Media Reserves

Library Owned Materials

Complete an online form for library-owned materials.

Instructor Owned Materials

Submit instructor’s copies to the Media Resources & Reserves desk according to the following guidelines.

Please complete and include the following form with materials:


  • Commercially-produced, purchased items may first require copyright clearance
  • Off-air tapes are only valid to show for 10 days after taping

Single book chapter where copyright permission is not granted for digitizing

  • Bring the copy or copies (no more than 1 copy per 10 students)

Single article from a journal where copyright permission is not granted for digitizing

  • Bring the copy or copies (no more than 1 copy per 10 students)
  • Bring copyright permission for the material, if this is NOT the first time reserve use.

Student papers that you want to put on reserve as “models” for your current classes

  • the copy or copies of the paper(s) with the student’s name(s) blacked out – or –
  • copyright permission from the student if the student’s name remains on the paper.

If you have questions, please contact Media Resources and Reserves, (510) 885-3770.

Electronic Reserves

Full-text articles from library databases may be linked to for faculty, students, and staff. Print articles need copyright permissions to be scanned and digitized.

Full Text Articles from Library Databases

Place a direct link in BlackBoard to the article in the library database. TEST this from off-campus. If it does not work, do the following:

  1. Find the online article in full text
  2. Give students the exact full citation in BlackBoard and your source database
  3. Direct students to that database to search on the article title or author

Please note: print articles may also be available in electronic form already. See your liaison if you need help in finding possible electronic equivalents.

If you have questions, please contact Media Resources and Reserves, at (510) 885-3770.

Fair Use Guidelines

Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 107 (U.S. Copyright Law): “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.

Helpful Interpretations

The following sites provide explanations and elaborations about fair use: