Hege Library & Learning Technologies

Copyright and Fair Use

Course Reserves

Reserve materials are those which supplement course curriculum. The library is happy to place materials on physical reserve for faculty members and provide permalinks to those lists. Please review the terms of use below and  fill out a request form to start the process. The following items are eligible to be placed on reserve:

The following items are eligible to be placed on reserve (both physical and electronic):

  • Complete books owned by Hege Library

  • Book chapters: Only one chapter or 20 percent of the total content from any book may be placed on reserve each academic term. This applies to edited collections of readings and essays because each reading is considered a chapter.

  • Journal articles and newspaper articles: Only one article from any single issue of a journal may be placed on reserve each academic term. Newspapers are treated the same as journals.

  • Links to streaming media, ebooks, and articles the library provides access to

  • Materials owned by the instructor

    • Please note that the Library cannot accept large, bulky, or fragile items which will not fit on standard library shelving or require specialized care.  

  • Copied material intended for traditional reserve in compliance with "Fair Use" provisions of Section 107 of the Copyright Act, Title 17, U.S. Code.


  1. All materials will be placed on reserve at the request of faculty only for the noncommercial, educational use of students. Materials placed on Course Reserves will be made available for students and faculty only during semesters when the requesting instructor is teaching the course, and will be removed after the course is no longer in session.

  2. Please note that that items in the library's reference collection and interlibrary loan materials are not eligible to be placed on reserve.

  3. Materials will be placed on reserve for an entire semester and then placed on the reserves inactive shelf. Reserves are kept behind the information desk under the instructor's name. The items are checked out for a shortened loan period to accommodate class assignments. The most common loan period is a 3 hour loan for " library use only". However, 24 hour and other flexible loan periods are available upon faculty request.

  4. Active course reserves can be found using the search menu on our catalog page. Additional information about finding course reserves can be found here.

  5. The Library reserves the right to refuse to place items on reserve that do not comply with the copyright law, such as reproductions of entire books, unlawful copies of DVDS, promotional copies of textbooks, or entire issues of journals or course packs or other anthologies a faculty member has compiled, where permissions have not been obtained.



      • Book/media reserve requests are processed in the order they are received. Due to the high volume of requests received at the beginning of each semester, requests accompanied by the materials requested are processed much more quickly than requests requiring our staff to retrieve materials from the shelves. All requests must be received 24 hours in advance to ensure timely processing and availability. 

      • Materials requested for reserve in previous semesters will be placed on the reserves-inactive shelf. These items are still available for students to check out for a 3 hour period within in the Library.

      • Materials currently loaned to other users: Library staff will recall materials from current users. Processing time: approximately one week from request date.


    • Personal copies: Please bring or mail materials to the Library’s Information Desk.  Note: Personal copies of materials will be placed on 3 hour in house use. At the end of the semester, items will be taken off reserve and personal copies will be returned to the faculty member via campus mail.

    • Purchase requests: Library staff may agree to purchase materials requested for reserve that are not currently owned by Hege Library. Processing time: we cannot estimate processing time for purchases. Purchase requests are placed on rush status and processed as soon as available.

                                                                          Please contact library@guilford.edu with any questions about reserves.