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Reserves copyright information

Virginia Tech's University Libraries will make every effort to verify copyright compliance. This includes obtaining an authorized signature on course reserve forms and checking the submitted materials for multiple articles or chapters from the same work. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction which are not to be "used for any other purpose than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess or '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 or the order itself would involve violation of copyright law.

For further information on copyright, visit our copyright guidelines page.

 *This notice is posted in compliance with Title 37 C.F.R., Chapter 11, Part 201.14.

We must have a signature on reserve request forms signifying your compliance with copyright law.

Copyright law

On the back of each Reserve Request Form you will find a summary of Federal Copyright Laws. This information is also available online at Copyright Guidelines: Reserve. You must read and sign the Reserve Request Form to indicate your compliance with Federal Copyright Laws. You must sign this form for each course you have materials on Reserve. 

Copyright law concerning submitting student papers

In compliance with U.S. Copyright Law (17 USC, section 106) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (34 C.F.R. Part 99, Subpart A - General Section 99.1), a professor wishing to place a student paper/project on reserve, must complete a Student paper consent form. This form must accompany the student's work; materials will not be processed without the permission form.


Copyright quick facts

Faculty signatures

The faculty member responsible for the course must sign the Reserve request form, which says all materials placed on reserve for the course comply with the copyright guidelines. A signature is required before items can be processed.

Graduate/teaching assistants signatures

Graduate/teaching assistants must have their faculty advisor for the course sign the Reserve request form before it can be processed. If you are not listed as a professor, assistant professor, associate professor, or instructor in the undergraduate or graduate catalog, you must have the faculty advisor's signature.

Photocopies of book chapters on reserve & copyright law

Only one chapter from a textbook may be placed on reserve at a time. Copies of multiple chapters on reserve concurrently is a violation of copyright law. If a professor submits multiple chapters of a text, the professor will be contacted via e-mail or phone. If Reserve does not hear from the instructor within 5 days, the materials in violation of copyright will be returned by campus mail.

Photocopies of articles on reserve & copyright law

Only one article from the same journal/magazine may be placed on reserve at a time, copies of multiple articles from the same journal placed on reserve concurrently is a violation of copyright law. If a professor submits multiple articles in violation, the professor will be contacted via e-mail or phone. If Reserve does not hear from the instructor within 5 days, the materials in violation of copyright will be returned by campus mail.

Multiple copies and maximum number of copies allowed

Multiple copies of the same article or chapter is permissable. Professors may place one (1) copy of an item on reserve for every 20 students. (EX: 100 students= 5 copies). There is a maximum limit of 9 copies allowed.

Reserve loan periods

There are 4 loan periods available; 2 hour (may leave the library), 2 day loan (may leave the library), 7 day loan (may leave the library), and 3 hour Media library use only. If no loan period is selected on the Reserve request form, the default loan period will be 2 hour (may leave the library).