Hampshire College Electronic Reserve Policy

1. Copyright law
Please see the description of U.S. copyright law as it applies to posting material on the web on the Web Copyright Policy page.

2. Purpose and access
The purpose of the course reserves component of the Hampshire College website is to provide access to supplementary course materials in support of the College's academic mission. Access to the material is limited by password to students and faculty of each course.

Authorized users may view, download, or print copies from the system. Users may make one copy for private study, personal reading, research, scholarship, or education. No copyrighted material from a College course website may be re-posted on any internet site.

3. Obtaining electronic copies of scholarly material

  • Make a link. If the desired item is available in electronic form already, either from a contractual service such as JSTOR that permits such use or elsewhere (provided that the library has no reason to believe that the existing copy is in violation of copyright), a link may be made from the course website to the electronic copy.
  • Make a copy. If no persistent URL is available, a copy may be downloaded for the course website.
  • Make a scan. If the material is not available in electronic form, individual articles or chapters of books may be scanned and uploaded to the course reserve site.

Complete or longer works, such as books, may not be scanned for the reserve system. The library will buy a copy of the book, or borrow a copy from one of the Five College libraries, to place on regular reserve.

4. Streaming video for reserve, see the Streaming Video Policy page.

5. Removing copyrighted material.
Materials will be removed from access on the system within a reasonable time after the conclusion of the course.

6. Monitoring future developments
Electronic copying and scanning of copyright-protected works for library reserve systems and distance learning are uninterpreted areas of the law that may be addressed by the Supreme Court or by Congress in future revisions of the copyright law. The library will monitor developments concerning fair use to ensure that library services remain in compliance with U.S. copyright law.