Reserve Materials

The Clemson University Libraries supports instruction with Course Reserves.  This is a service available to course instructors for the purpose of providing access to materials for student use in current courses being taught at Clemson University.  Eligible materials include materials owned by either the Libraries or the instructor. Submissions are accepted any time during the semester and will be removed at the semester’s end unless otherwise requested.

There are two types of Course Reserves: Physical Reserves and eReserves.

Physical Reserves may include books, DVDs, CDs, class notes, sample tests, manuals, or items that require inspection or study.  All print or physical materials must be either library owned or belong to the instructor.  Books or articles borrowed from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan or PASCAL Delivers may not be placed on reserve. In addition, course packs cannot be placed in Course Reserves. Physical reserves may be placed at any of the following locations: Cooper Library, Gunnin Architecture Library, or Education Media Center. Loan periods are set at the request of the instructor or based on the need for access to the material.  Some materials may be restricted to Library Use Only.  Students must have a valid Clemson ID to checkout reserve materials and all materials are subject to Libraries’ overdue and fine policies.

eReserves may include links to articles, ebooks, streaming films and media, and open educational resources. eReserves are accessible through an eReserves website, which is linked to individual classes within the University’s course management system. All materials placed on eReserves must be initiated by instructors solely for the non-commercial, educational use of students within the guidelines of U.S. copyright law.  eReserves materials are password protected and can only be accessed by students enrolled in the course for which course-related materials are placed.

Materials in the library collections may be subject to copyright restrictions. If the Library holds an electronic copy of the article or book you would like to use in your course, we will provide a link to the material so that students may access it through the Libraries collections rather than reproducing the material in the course management system.

If the Library does not hold an electronic copy of the resource, we will attempt to find and purchase a suitable electronic resource or place the item on physical reserves. If no electronic copy is available, and physical reserve is inadequate, instructors may consider whether or not the use is considered a “fair use” or, whether permission can be obtained from the publisher to include the resource in eReserves.  Instructors are expected to comply with all copyright guidelines, including fair use, and maintain any relevant records relating to the use of protected materials.


Copyright Guidelines

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the use of copyrighted materials including copying and distributing. Fair use (Section 107) allows for limited use of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright owner. Clemson University Libraries comply with all copyright laws and expects all instructors using library resources to understand and follow all appropriate copyright laws. More information on copyright and fair use may be found here:

Not all educational uses of library materials are considered fair uses, and in some cases, permission to use materials must be obtained from the publisher. Instructors who wish to rely on the fair use of copyright protected materials are encouraged to perform a fair use analysis and retain it for their records. More information on fair use may be found here:

Original policy adopted: July 28, 1980
Last Revision: January 22, 2018
Approved by Libraries Administrative Council: January 18, 2018