Reserves and Electronic Reserves Guide

Copyright Guidelines

Guidelines for determining fair use are as follows

  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 -- factual or non-fiction works vs. highly creative works such as art, music, or novels;
  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.

Examples are a journal article, one or two chapters from a book, but not more than 10% of the total work, a short poem, an excerpt, etc.

There are some instances when copyright limits use of materials for reserve. The library staff will work with faculty in such cases to provide alternative reserve materials.

Fair use guidelines are drawn from Federal law. There are some limitations as indicated above.


Questions about Reserves and Electronic Reserves?

Please contact the reserve unit at your library or check out this faq.


Pius XII Memorial Library 314-977-3585
Medical Center Library 314-977-8800
Omer Poos Law Library 314-977-3314


Additional Resources

Copyright Clearance Center

Selected Web Sites - Copyright & Licensing

When U.S. Works Pass into the Public Domain

Copyright Slider - Shows whether or not a work is in the public domain