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Course Reserves Support

What types are there?

There are two (2) types of course reserves:

  1. Shelf reserves are print copies placed on a shelf behind the library circulation desk.
  2. E-reserves are scanned or linked documents available through the library web site.


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 LCSC, "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.

QUICK TIPS on Copyright

  • Fair Use does not permit use of copyrighted materials for classroom use, without restriction.
  • In deciding if Fair Use applies, consider the following characteristics (The majority must weigh toward Fair Use, not just one.):

Purpose and character of the use of copyrighted material (used for non-profit educational use or to create something new, such as a parody),

Nature of the copyrighted work (creative works are more stringently protected than non-fiction),

Amount of work copied (cannot be the "heart" of the work),

Effect upon lost income for the copyright holder

  • Acknowledging the source material is not a substitution for getting permission.
  • Most permissions are granted only for one semester or one school term.
  • Educational guidelines about the amount of materials that can be copied, etc., have been carved out by a consortium of educational institutions across the United States. They are not part of federal law, but they are included as a House committee document supporting the copyright law. The American Association of University Professors has declined to endorse them.

Sample Guideline: Videos taped off-air at home may be used for instructional purposes only up to 10 days after the broadcast. The tapes should be erased 45 days after the broadcast.

Books on Copyright at the Library

Who can I contact with Copyright & fair use questions?

Jennifer Cromer, Librarian

208 – 792 – 2829

What can I place on reserve (shelf or e-reserve)?

  • Books (print editions/shelf reserve only)
  • Copies of portions of books
  • Copies of portions of periodicals
  • Articles that are full text in databases to which we can establish links
  • Visual works: i.e., videos, DVDs, slides
  • Reference materials that have been approved by a librarian.

What can I not place on reserve?

  • Items borrowed from other libraries
  • Books from the Reference Collection
  • Items from the Curriculum Collection

What is the turnaround time for placing items on reserve?

  • Shelf reserve turnaround-time is five (5) business days after we receive the material (M-F except holidays).
  • E-reserve turnaround time is five (5) business days after we receive the material (M-F except holidays).

Materials are placed on shelf reserve or e-reserve on a first-come, first-served basis.

Full-text on-line items

If you want to reserve an article that is full-text online, please include the name of the database or the persistent URL for the article on the e-reserves form.

What happens when the reserve period is over?

After the end of the semester, library staff will remove the item from reserve and return it to the listed professor via campus mail. Of course, you are welcome to stop by the Library Circulation Desk and ask the staff to remove the item from reserve at any time.

Rules for student use of shelf reserve

  • Reserve items may be taken out of the library building, unless otherwise marked.
  • Students may check out only one reserve item at a time.
  • Check out is one (1) or three (3) or seven (7) days, and items may not be renewed.
  • Overdue fines are 0.50¢ per hour or $5.00 per day.
  • Only current LC State students may check out reserve items.

Who can I contact with course reserve questions?

Guarina Grullon, Librarian

208 – 792 – 2235

Shannon Casteel, Cataloger

208 – 792 – 2229