Course Reserve Guidelines

The policy for the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Library for reserve materials, paper or electronic, is derived from the Fair Use provisions of the United States Copyright Act of 1976. The purpose of the Reserve System is to facilitate the distribution of materials for educational use by students.

The following guidelines are provided to assist faculty but do not preclude further restrictions by the Library:

  • All materials placed on reserve (paper or electronic) will be at the initiative of faculty for the non-commercial, educational use of OHSU students.
  • Networked access will be limited to authenticated OHSU faculty and students.
  • Copyright notice will appear on screen in the electronic 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.
  • It is the responsibility of course instructors to request and obtain copyright permission if needed. This process should be completed before placing materials on reserve. Faculty will be asked to provide signature assurance that materials fall under fair use guidelines or that appropriate copyright permissions have been obtained.

Materials which do not require copyright permission include:

  • Exams, syllabi, lecture notes, homework answers
  • Student Papers (proof of consent of author is required)
  • United States Government publications
  • A single article from a journal issue (for one term only)
  • One chapter from a book (for one term only)

Materials which generally require copyright permission include:

  • Articles from journals that are used for more than one term
  • A single chapter from a book that is used for more than one terms
  • Multiple articles from a single journal issue; multiple chapters from a book
  • Materials that will be used repeatedly by the same instructor for the same course for multiple terms


  • Materials to be copied or scanned for electronic reserves will be purchased by the library when possible.
  • Complete works (journal issues, books) will not be scanned.
  • Students will not be charged to access electronic reserves; any charges for copies will be limited to nominal costs for printing.
  • All Reserve materials will be removed from the Reserve system following the term for which they are used unless copyright permission assurrance is provided for multiple terms.
  • An instructor can request Copyright permission by:
  • The following links are provided to help OHSU course instructors gain a general understanding of Fair Use guidelines and do not necessarily reflect OHSU policy:
  • Copyright Law and Electronic Reserves
  • OHSU Copyright Resources