Reserves Policies

It is the policy of the University Libraries of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to follow the fair use provisions of the Copyright Law (contained in Title 17 of the U.S. Code). Specifically the University Libraries Reserves Policy is guided by the permissions granted within Section 107 of the Copyright Law with respect to making copies for educational purposes. In essence the law states that making multiple copies for classroom use is not considered a copyright infringement. It further establishes four factors that will be used to determine whether the use being made of a work is fair use.

  1. Purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The Nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The Amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The Effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

In its enforcement of photocopying and/or digitizing works for the purpose of placing them on reserve, either in print or electronic format, the University Libraries complies with these four fair use factors, and to that end adheres to the following requirements:

  • Course reserves will be processed for UNLV courses only.
  • The patron barcode will be required for accessing electronic reserves.
  • All materials placed on reserve will be at the initiative of faculty solely for non-commercial, educational use by UNLV students.
  • Recommended limit for Lied Library reserves: 25 items. We ask that faculty placing materials on reserve at Lied Library limit the number of items to twenty five. Staying under this limit will help us meet all requests equitably. Limit guidelines in the Branch Libraries may vary.
  • Material will only be made available for the semester the class is being taught.
  • There will be no charge for access to reserve materials; the charge for copies made by students will be limited to the nominal costs of photocopies or computer print-outs.
  • Materials to be copied or scanned for electronic reserves that are not owned by the library will be purchased as needed.
  • Whether the library owns the item or not, the library will not copy or scan:
    • An entire book
    • An entire journal issue
    • Amounts that exceed the essence of the work
    • Works intended to be purchased by students for course work, such as textbooks, coursepacks, workbooks, exercises, solution manuals, standardized tests or test booklets and answer sheets, and case studies
    • Student papers without written permission from the author granting such permission and waiving privacy rights
  • A Copyright notice will be placed on all digital and/or photocopies to be used for reserve material.
  • UNLV faculty are responsible for making the initial good faith determination of fair use and acknowledging copyright compliance when making requests to place items on reserve.
  • UNLV Faculty are responsible for obtaining copyright permissions when needed, paying copyright permission fees as requested and presenting proof of copyright permission for items requiring such permission.
  • Works that explicitly grant permission to copy for educational purposes will be accepted for reserves.
  • The University Libraries reserves the right to:
    • determine if material will be placed on reserve.
    • make the final determination if copyright permission is necessary.

The University Libraries will routinely monitor the effectiveness of this policy and make every effort to ensure that library services are in compliance with the Copyright Law.

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