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Electronic Reserves (Temporary Service): Home

This guide lists the items available while the libraries are operating under remote services.

Temporary Reserve Collection

Providing access to course reserves remotely

As part of our transition to a temporary online only environment, students and faculty may now request a digital copy of a chapter or excerpt from some of our high demand reserves textbooks. After submitting a request for a chapter or excerpt, a PDF will be emailed to your college issued email account as soon as the scan is available.

Keep in mind

  • Be realistic in your expectations there are several textbooks that are not in our collection under normal circumstances.  Check the list of available books before making a request.
  • We anticipate a backlog, so be judicious in what you request.  This service is not instant and filling requests will take time. It may take up to three (3) business days to fill your request. 
  • This electronic reserves service is an extension of a traditional print-based library services and will be provided in a manner that respects Fair Use rights, the rights of copyright holders, and current copyright law.
  • Requests for scans are limited to an excerpt no more than one chapter in length from one item per email.  Requesting multiple titles or chapters in one email may result in your request being rejected for non-compliance with library policy and copyright law. 


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Copyright and Fair Use

Section 108 of the Copyright Act provides librarians with the authority to lend and distribute a small part of any copyrighted work under certain restrictions:

  1. The copy becomes the property of the user, and the copy will be used for private study, scholarship, or research, and
  2. The library includes a warning of copyright (below)

*This does not include musical works, pictorial, graphic or sculptural work, or audio visual work.



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

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to 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 copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.