Etextbooks: The library will purchase unlimited user etextbooks for your courses upon request. Search textbook availability here.
Book chapters: Book chapters (see Fair Use Guidelines below) may be scanned and uploaded to Canvas by library staff for you. You may link to chapters of ebooks owned by the library as well. Professors may drop off print materials to be scanned and posted in their Canvas courses after filling out the form. They may also ask for online materials to be linked from their Canvas courses. View the direct links policy here.
DVDs/Video: Video from the library’s collection may be streamed in courses for two weeks under fair use, or for an unlimited time if the library has purchased streaming rights. Use the form to request streaming. The library must own the DVD, so please request that the library purchase the DVD before requesting streaming. Choose DVD in the first dropdown menu here to search the library’s DVD collection before making a request.
For more information about course materials in Canvas, please contact Laurie Phillips, Associate Dean, at 864-7833 or email@example.com.
On Physical Reserve in the Library
Note: for the safety of students and library faculty and staff, for accessibility, and due to the possibility of moving all classes online, the library is not offering physical reserves this Fall. See our guide How to Request Materials/Equipment from the Monroe Library to view other options.
If you need help with putting together your course reserves for the semester, please contact your librarian liaison.
For assistance with reserves services and policies, or with purchasing materials for reserve, please contact Laurie Phillips, Associate Dean, at 864-7833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your request for scanning may be refused if we determine that it does not adhere to fair use guidelines. The four factors of fair use are:
Purpose of the use: educational use is usually considered inherently transformative, and favors fair use. Note that this is not necessarily true of textbooks, which are already intended for educational use.
Nature of the copyrighted work: copying from factual works (biographies, etc.) is more likely to favor fair use than copying from creative works (fiction, poetry, etc.). Copying from published works is more likely to favor fair use than copying from unpublished works. Also, test forms and workbook pages are less likely to qualify as fair use, since they are intended to be used and repurchased.
Amount and substantiality: The less of a work that is used, the more likely it is to qualify as fair use.
Effect on the potential market: Copying from an out-of-print work is more likely to qualify as fair use.
In order to comply with copyright law, we will generally only post 10% or one chapter of a written work on Canvas, and will limit streaming to two weeks.
If you choose to scan your own course materials, you accept all responsibility for ensuring it complies with copyright.