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Course Reserves

Do you have textbooks, DVDs, or other items you want to make available to your students? We can house them at the library. Just bring the items to the library, and we'll set it all up.

Reserves is a collection of materials selected by faculty that are generally intended for 3 hour in-library use only or as specified by the instructor. Items can come from our collections, or from a faculty member's personal library. 

Search Reserves

The Reserves Collection is searchable using the library's online catalog.  You can search for items on reserve by instructor, course number, and course name.

Copyright: Fair Use

Wake Tech Libraries policy on Reserves is designed to maximize an instructor's privilege under 'fair use' while respecting the rights of copyright holders.

Policy & Copyright Law

The Wake Tech Libraries' policy for course reserve services is derived from the fair use provisions of United States Copyright Act of 1976. Section 107 of the Copyright Act expressly permits the making of multiple copies for classroom use. Such educational copying is one of six examples of uses which do not require the payment of a royalty or the permission of the copyright owners provided that the circumstances of the use are fair as assessed by the four factors in section 107 of the Copyright Act, the text of which is as follows:

107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair Use
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 [Exclusive rights in copyrighted works] and 106A [Rights of certain authors to attribution and integrity], the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified in that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  1. the 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; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The Wake Tech libraries collections for the nonprofit, educational use of students and faculty. All library materials are acquired with the understanding that there will be multiple uses of a limited number of copies. Libraries frequently pay a premium institutional subscription price for journals, which is many times the individual subscription price, for the privilege of supporting multiple academic users. The sole purpose of the course reserve system will be to facilitate access to a copy needed for instructional use by students.



  • will place material on reserve at the request of the instructor for the educational use of students.
  • will evaluate material for determining fair use.
  • will seek permission from the rights holder when necessary to use material in its reserves collection.
  • will limit online access to Wake Tech faculty, students and staff.
  • will place a copyright notice on photocopied works or on an intermediary screen for electronic reserve material.
  • will remove access to reserves material after the class has ended.


  • will complete appropriate paperwork to place materials on reserve or renew materials on reserve.
  • will provide clean photocopies of and complete citations for material to be placed on E-reserves.
  • will make appropriate use of state resources by ensuring that E-reserves material are necessary readings for students in the class.
  • will provide the copyright statement for the reading as provided by the publisher on the work whenever possible.
  • will observe printed guidelines for submitting materials whenever possible

Reserves Form

Would you like to make any course materials available for your students?  Just fill out and sign the Reserves Request List Form and send it along with your reserve item(s) to the library.

In accordance with copyright guidelines, items will remain on reserve for ONE semester (when the class is being offered), unless another form is submitted to renew for subsequent semesters.

Copyright Guidelines

Notice Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified is that the photocopy or reproduction is not be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copy order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.