Fair Use for electronic reserves

Electronic reserves are an extension of traditional library reserves.

Electronic reserves are managed in accordance with fair use exclusions and the rights of copyright holders as mandated in the current copyright law. We will not place materials on electronic reserves without permission of the copyright holder if the nature, scope, or extent of copying exceeds the reasonable limits of fair use.

Which materials do not require copyright permission?

  • Material in the public domain, eg, government documents, works whose copyright has expired, etc.
  • Material like personal lecture notes or sample exams
  • Materials for which the instructor holds the copyright

Guidelines for placing copyrighted materials on electronic reserve:

  • All materials will be solely for the noncommercial, educational use of students
  • Longer works, such as complete books, will not be placed on electronic reserve
  • Copyright notice will appear on any online or other lists of electronic reserves


Access to electronic reserves will be limited to authenticated college library users.

  • Appropriate copyright attribution will be entered on the material if it does not already appear
  • Access to electronic reserves will be limited to authenticated college library users
  • Instructors will obtain copyright permission from the holder if the material is to be on reserve for more than one quarter and will provide a copy of the permission to the library.

Fair Use for faculty
Fair Use for nonfaculty
Fair Use for Copy Centers and printed materials
Fair Use for video and broadcast
Fair Use for software
Fair Use for digital media and music materials
Training opportunities
Additional resources


For more information, contact your college/unit copyright compliance officer:

Mary Carr, SCC, 509.533.7045 
Mary Ann Lund Goodwin, SFCC, 533.3820  
Anne Tucker, District Administration, 509.434.5109 
Rebecca Rhodes, IEL, 509.279.6050