Electronic Reserves Policies

  1. Electronic Reserve access is restricted to Regent University faculty, current students, and staff authorized through the library’s Electronic Reserve system.
  2. All copyrighted material must cite full bibliographic information on the first page. A copy, or hand-written facsimile, of the original copyright notice must be included with the material.
  3. The following warning will be stamped near the citation:


    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 specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If electronic transmission of reserve material is used for purposes in excess of what constitutes "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
  4. Material in Electronic Reserve will be accessed only by course name or instructor’s name. The title and author will not be searchable.
  5. At the end of each semester, all material in the Electronic Reserve System will be suppressed unless it does not fall under copyright restrictions or copyright permission has been granted.
  6. Materials can be placed on reserve for one semester while waiting for copyright permission to be granted.
  7. Copies of all letters of permission, evidence of fees paid, and evidence of permission granted will be kept on file at the Library Reserve desk.
  8. Students will not be assessed any fee beyond the actual cost of photocopying.
  9. Regent University Library reserves the right to refuse to place any material on Electronic Reserve which it feels may violate "fair use." Please see the Library's Copyright Information page for additional information on copyright and fair use.

Material Which May Be Placed On Electronic Reserve Without Obtaining Copyright Permission

The following kinds of materials can be placed on Electronic Reserve without obtaining copyright permission:

Non-copyrighted material, such as:

  • Course materials owned by the instructor, including exams, lecture notes, and syllabi
  • Government publications

Copyrighted material limited to:

  • One article from a journal issue
  • One chapter or less than 10% of the content from a book

Material Which May Be Placed On Electronic Reserve After Obtaining Copyright Permission

Copyright permission must be obtained:

  • When an article is needed for more than one semester
  • When multiple articles from the same journal are needed
  • When one chapter of a book is needed for more than one semester
  • When multiple chapters of a book are needed

NOTE: We will not put an entire book on Electronic Reserve.