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Copyright for Reserves

The SRJC Academic Affairs office issues formal copyright guidelines to help faculty adhere to copyright law as it pertains to educational use.


Copyright Guidelines

You may place chapters of books and/or articles from newspapers and magazines on reserve in the Libraries. As the instructor, you are responsible to monitor the length of materials to ensure that the materials placed on reserve do not constitute a major portion of the original work. Here are a few guidelines about the process:

  • The "notice of copyright" stamp must be placed on the first page of each copy placed on reserve.
  • The Reserve Department can place photocopied materials on reserve for one semester only without copyright permission. At the end of the semester, the material will be removed from reserve unless copyright permission is received by the department.
  • The instructor placing materials on reserve is responsible for obtaining copyright permission. See sample letter requesting copyright permission on this page in the box to the left. A maximum of nine copies of any one item may be placed on reserve.
  • Every copy placed on reserve must indicate full bibliographic information for the original source of the copy. This means:
    • Book: Author, title, edition, publisher, place of publication, year and page number(s)
    • Periodical: Author, title of article, name of periodical, date of issue and page number(s)
    • Newspaper: Author, title of article, name of newspaper, date of issue, section and page number(s)
  • You are welcome to place class "readers" on reserve. Please be sure they have been cleared for copyright.

Copyright Permission Letter

Be a model instructor. Ask for permission when using copyrighted material. Here's a sample letter.