Copyright and Course Reserves

Legal Issues and Best Practices for Academic Libraries

by Carla S. Myers


This useful resource for academic librarians, circulation staff, and library administrators who offer course reserve services will help to ensure that these services are offered legally.

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September 2020

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 175
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Management and Administration/Copyright and Intellectual Property
  Acquisitions and Collection Management/General
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With the guidance of this book, academic librarians wishing to provide print, electronic, and streaming media (music and film) course reserve services for their campus communities can do so in compliance with U.S. copyright law.

Many academic libraries offer print and electronic course reserve services that encourage learning by connecting students and faculty with less expensive and supplementary educational materials. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions regarding how U.S. copyright law affects course reserve services; as a result, many academic libraries restrict the scope of the services they provide or refrain from pursuing new options, such as media reserves, out of fear of violating the law or being sued for copyright infringement.

Copyright and Course Reserves addresses this problem, providing authoritative advice for making print, electronic, and media course reserves available in compliance with U.S. copyright law. It explains options for implementing and sustaining media reserve services through which students and faculty can access online music, sound recordings, and film. Additionally, short examples from a wide range of libraries explore real-world scenarios and current issues related to course reserve services to help readers better understand and apply the information found in the book.


  • Covers the legal issues that are relevant to print, electronic, and media course reserve services
  • Offers best practices for ensuring compliance with the law
  • Includes tips and strategies for implementing and expanding reserve services in a cost-effective manner
  • Provides practical solutions for managing and marketing reserve services
Author Info

Carla Myers is assistant professor and coordinator of scholarly communications for the Miami University Libraries, Ohio. Her professional presentations and publications focus on fair use, copyright in the classroom, and library copyright issues. She is a recipient of the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship, which is sponsored by the American Library Association and supports research and advanced study for librarians who are interested and active in the fields of intellectual property, public policy, and copyright and their impacts on libraries and the ways libraries serve their communities. She received her MLIS from Kent State University.

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