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Lemieux Library

Course Reserves

This page provides general information on Lemieux Library’s course reserves and answers common instructor questions about utilizing course reserves to make material available to students.

Course Reserves Policy

What are Course Reserves?

Lemieux Library supports instruction by offering access to course-related resources through course reserves. Upon instructor request, course reserve items may be set aside for limited-term loan from the Library’s Circulation Desk or made electronically available for digital access by students enrolled in the relevant course. The course reserve system facilitates student access to items that supplement core course materials but is not a substitute for assigning textbooks or coursepacks.

Copyright and Course Reserves

Seattle University is committed to complying with the copyright laws of the United States. The information below is provided to aid instructors in understanding how to appropriately use course reserves. However, under Seattle University's copyright policy, instructors are responsible for evaluating whether their use of materials complies with copyright law. The Library places items on course reserve with the understanding that instructors have determined that doing so qualifies as a fair use, has been permitted by the copyright owner, or is otherwise in compliance with copyright law. The Library may refuse to place materials on reserve or remove materials from reserve on account of copyright or other legal or administrative concerns.

Physical Reserves

Items on physical reserve are housed behind the Library’s circulation desk and made available for limited loan periods upon request.

The following items are generally eligible for physical reserve at Lemieux Library:

  • Items from Lemieux Library’s collection (books, periodicals, video, etc.)
  • Lawfully made items from an instructor’s personal collection (books, periodicals, video, models/teaching aids, etc.)
  • Syllabi, class notes, sample tests, and homework solutions authored by an instructor

The following items are generally ineligible for physical reserve at Lemieux Library:

  • Items requested through Summit and/or Interlibrary Loan
  • Course packets, course readers, lab manuals, and/or other collected materials produced by Seattle University Reprographics
  • Papers, test answers, or other work authored by students unless accompanied by written permission waiving applicable (FERPA) privacy rights

Electronic Reserves

Items on electronic reserve are made available in digital format only to students enrolled in the relevant course. Electronic reserve material will include a citation to the source publication and a notice of copyright. If requested items are available through Library-licensed electronic resources or otherwise legally available in electronic format, the Library will provide links to them rather than create a reserve copy.

The following items are generally eligible for electronic reserve at Lemieux Library:

  • Material not protected by copyright (i.e. within the public domain)
  • Material accompanied by written permission from the copyright owner
  • Material in which the instructor owns the copyright or has licensed applicable rights
  • Limited portions of copyrighted material in accordance with Seattle University’s Guidelines Relating to Classroom Copying:
    • A chapter of a book
    • An article from a periodical or newspaper
    • A short story, short essay, or short poem
    • A chart, graph, diagram, cartoon, or picture from a book, periodical, or newspaper

Instructors requesting electronic reserve of materials beyond these guidelines should conduct, document, and submit a fair use evaluation regarding the requested items. Seattle University counsel offer guidance on making a fair use evaluation and links to additional fair use resources. Reserve requests are considered in aggregate across the course term and should not be used sequentially to provide access to multiple chapters of a book or multiple articles from a journal issue. Repeated requests to reserve the same materials for the same course across multiple terms will likely require permission of the copyright owner.

The following items are generally ineligible for electronic reserve at Lemieux Library:

  • Material requested through Summit and/or Interlibrary Loan
  • Material included in course packets, course readers, lab manuals, and/or other collected materials produced by Seattle University Reprographics
  • Papers, test answers, or other work authored by students unless accompanied by written permission waiving applicable (FERPA) privacy rights
  • Video or audio materials that require digitization