West Chester University Libraries provides course reserves in accordance with U.S. Copyright Law. Each request is considered on a case by case basis and the four factors of Fair Use are examined as needed. Some requests may not meet the definition of Fair Use; in those cases library staff will investigate options to obtain the required permissions and/or licenses or assist faculty with identifying alternative resources.
Physical books added to the reserve collection do not typically need any form of copyright or publisher authorization unless there is a license.
West Chester University Libraries highly recommends that instructors consider using licensed electronic resources available from the collection whenever possible. There are no limits in how many licensed resources can be linked in the reserve system.
Alternatively, instructors can upload files into the reserve system or submit material to be scanned at the reserve desk. Full attribution should be provided for each work - title and copyright page for the book or journal. Determination will be done on a case-by-case basis, whether the use of a copyrighted work requires permission or qualifies for fair use. When permissions are needed, library staff will attempt to acquire permission.
Examples of cases where permissions may need to be sought: