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Policy on Reserves Materials & Copyright
The purpose of Reserves Services in Shields Library and the reserves units of branch libraries is to provide access to course-related materials for intensive student use. Both library-owned materials and those supplied by faculty members will be accepted for reserves. In order to assure that the Library complies with the requirements of the Copyright Law of the United States, the following procedures are applied by reserves units in accepting copies (photocopies or electronic versions) that fall under the guidelines of the fair use provisions of the Copyright Act. In general, United States government publications and materials published in the U.S. before 1923 are not covered by Copyright Law (check the inside cover page for a copyright notice). For more on copyright, refer to the University Library's Copyright and Intellectual Property Information page.
- A reserves unit will accept only one copy of an item which is to be placed on Course Reserve. The copyright statement must either accompany or be placed on the photocopy before being made available through reserves. A photocopy or electronic copy of an item will stay on active reserves for only one term (a quarter or summer session). Items supplied by faculty will be returned to the faculty member. For multiple copies provided by faculty members, see item 2 below.
- If a faculty member wishes to place multiple copies on Course Reserves or reuse materials, a copy of the letter that grants permission to use the copies must be supplied. Check to see if the requested journal offers copyright permission through the Copyright Clearance Center (http://www.copyright.com/).
- A single copy or multiple copies of "readers," compiled by assembling photocopies from a number of sources will be placed on reserves when evidence of permission or a statement of compliance as noted above is supplied along with the item.
- The restriction on the use of multiple photocopies does not apply to multiple "original reprints" (not photocopies or electronic copies of a single reprint) obtained from the publisher or the author of an article or to multiple copies obtained through the Copyright Clearance Center.
- Some journals contain statements permitting certain photocopying, for example, for "instructional, non-commercial". Such statements usually appear in the same location as editorial information. Faculty members wishing to use articles from such journals should submit a photocopy of the permission statement from the journal with their photocopies.
The UC Davis Policy and Procedure Manual, section 250-03 Use of Copyright-Protected Materials (http://manuals.ucdavis.edu/ppm/250/250-03.htm), contains further information on applicable provisions of the Copyright Law and related documents, sample letters requesting permission to use copyrighted material, and a discussion of the concept of "fair use."
Contact Shields Library Reserves Services
Phone: (530) 752‑2760