Libraries & Spaces
Copyright Policies for Course Reserves
The Library supports classroom instruction by providing students access to required course-related materials through the Course Reserve system. Reserve materials can be in physical format (hard copies of books) or e-reserves (PDFs of book chapters, articles, handouts, etc.).
The policy below ensures protection of both the rights of copyright holders and the fair use rights available to the academic community.
- Materials used in course reserve can come from:
- the Library’s print collection
- the Library’s electronic resource collection
- the course instructor
- There is no limit to the number of core required readings a faculty member may have on Course Reserve.
- If the library does not have a requested book, a copy will be ordered. Ordering a book for course reserve will take a week or longer, so it is important to submit reserve book requests as soon as possible.
- Entire books or journal issues will not be scanned and placed on e-reserve.
- E-reserve chapters are limited to a quarter of the book
- Materials created and marketed primarily for use in the type of course being offered will not be placed on e-reserve. This includes:
- Materials are placed on e-reserve for instructors and students registered for the course.
- A current Georgetown University NetID and password are required to access Blackboard and the Course Reserve page on Library's website.
- A copyright notice and full attribution will be provided for each work.
- Library staff reserve the right to refuse materials for course reserve if, in their judgment, the request would exceed fair use or otherwise constitute copyright infringement.