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Course Reserves Support

Course Reserves

Course Reserves is a vital student resource that sets aside course materials at the library and allows students to borrow course material for free. This allows students broad access to the materials needed to be successful in their courses. Maximizing access to these high use items minimizes the materials that must be student-purchased each semester and increases engagement. Instructors may choose to place books, media, articles, and more onto Course Reserves.


Attention faculty:

Because we are attempting to follow COVID-19 related best practices, we have made the following changes to physical course reserves:

  • Items will check out for either 1 day or 3 days, and there will no longer be an option for in-house only use.

  • Items will be quarantined for 3 days after they are returned, and will be unavailable to students at that time.

Please consider using e-reserves as much as possible to help ensure social distancing.

  • If your students will not need to use an entire book, we can create an e-reserve of the needed portion of the book.

  • If your students will need the entire book, we can investigate purchasing an e-version of the title.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

LCSC Copyright Policy

The materials placed on reserve by faculty at Lewis-Clark State College must comply with provisions in the United States Copyright Act of 1976, Section 107 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974.

Under fair use guidelines, faculty and the library are permitted to provide students with access to supplemental materials for coursework.  At Lewis-Clark State College, "Fair Use" of copyrighted material is generally defined as the use of:

  • Single article from an issue of a periodical or newspaper 
  • Either 10% or a single chapter from a book 
  • Short story, essay or poem 
  • Single graphic representation-chart, diagram, cartoon, illustration
  • Legally acquired video or music recording

What if you need to use an item that falls outside of fair use?

  • It may be possible to get permission from the copyright holder, which the library will be happy to facilitate using the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). When possible, the library will purchase licensing permission (depending on price) from the CCC.