Copyright and Course Reserves
Legal Issues and Best Practices for Academic Libraries
by Carla S. Myers
October 2022, 294pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-6203-8
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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.

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
Carla S. Myers is associate 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.


"Myers provides an excellent comprehensive review and analysis of the complex and confusing world of copyright and reserves. What sets this work apart from others on the topic is the chapter on copyright workflow as well as the chapter addressing accessibility issues. These chapters in particular offer readers pragmatic, useful, and necessary information for successful course reserves programs."—Donna L. Ferullo, Director, University Copyright Office, Purdue University

"This book is a must-have for librarians and libraries engaging in course reserves (especially e-reserves) in the digital age. The author expertly reviews copyright law, policies, and workflows that will save you time, effort, and worry as you navigate this increasingly complex area of library practice."—Sara R. Benson, Assistant Professor and Copyright Librarian, University of Illinois Library

"This book should be close at hand for most librarians. It accomplishes two much-needed tasks in a readable and useful way: it provides a comprehensive view of reserve services in academic libraries and a reliable analysis of the legal provisions and cases that impact library service in the United States today. It will be an essential resource for academic librarians, both those directly involved in reserves and many others." —Kevin L. Smith, Dean of Libraries, University of Kansas
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