Hampshire College Electronic Reserve Policy

  1. Purpose and access
    The purpose of course reserves is to provide access to integral course materials in support of the College's academic mission. Electronic reserves are only available to registered students in the course through the course’s password-protected Moodle site. Copyright compliance for course materials is the responsibility of the faculty member.

    Authorized users may view, download, or print copies from the course management system, Moodle. Users may make one copy for private study, personal reading, research, scholarship, or education. No copyrighted material from a College course website may be reposted on any internet site.
  2. 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.
  3. Streaming video for reserve
    See the Streaming Video Policy page.
  4. Copyright law
    Please see the description of U.S. copyright law as it applies to posting material on the Copyright and Intellectual Property page. It is the faculty member's responsibility to comply with copyright law.
  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.