Copyright Guidelines for Electronic Course Reserves

Although fair use ultimately depends on the specific facts surrounding each proposed use, the following guidelines are intended to provide direction for use of the NCSU Libraries Electronic Course Reserves (E-Reserves) system.


  • All materials placed on E-Reserves will be at the initiative of faculty for the non-commercial, educational usage of students.
  • Whenever possible, materials to be copied or scanned for E-Reserves will be purchased by the library.
  • Longer works, such as complete books, will not be copied for E-Reserves service. The library will not place materials on the E-Reserves system without permission if the nature, scope, or extent of copying is judged by the library to exceed the reasonable limits of fair use.
  • There will be no charge for access; the charge for copies made by students will be limited to the nominal cost of photocopies or laser prints.
  • Copyright notice will appear on screen in the E-Reserves system and on copies made of reserve readings to indicate that materials may be covered by copyright law. Appropriate citations or attributions to their sources will be included for all electronic files.
  • Networked access will be limited to authenticated NC State users.
  • Access to electronic files will be revoked for students and faculty when the files are no longer used for reserve services.

Copyright questions? Contact the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center.