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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.

In General

  • 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:
    • textbooks
    • workbooks
    • coursepacks
  • 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.