Course Reserve Guidelines

Questions about Reserves?

Email or call Bev Hindle at 413.559.5764 for more information.

Or, always feel free to ask a librarian.

What to Place on Reserve

Required reading should be placed on reserve. Suggested reading should not. Personal items such as books, dvds, and cds may also be placed on reserve (at your own risk).

How to Place Material on Reserve

Use the online submission form to send your reserve lists. You may also drop off books and other items tagged with your name, course number, and course name to a staff person in the circulation office. 

Ordering Books for Reserve

If an item that you wish to place on reserve is not owned by any of the Five Colleges, please let us know. We are usually happy to order the materials you need if you give us enough lead time (some orders can take up to a month).

Personal Copies

You can bring personal copies of books, dvds, cds, etc. to staff in the circulation office. Please know that library barcodes and reserve tape will be attached to these items.


Hampshire College and Five College dvds can be placed on reserve for 2 week time periods. Please do not check out dvds to yourself first if you plan to put them on reserve. And please do not request dvds from the other schools on your own; the library must do this for you.

Booking films for classroom screenings

To book a film for classroom screenings, please send your date-based request to


You can scan or download most articles and post on your course websites. If you need help, please speak with a librarian.

Searching Reserves

You can look to see what is currently on reserve under faculty last name by going to the Five College Catalog and clicking on the "Reserves" tab. You can then search by last name, course number, course name, or title or author of a book.

Hampshire College Electronic Reserve Policy

Hampshire provides electronic reserves only as a component of the course website system (Moodle). For e-books that are in the library catalog, you can link to them from your course website.

Copyright Law

The policy governing electronic as well as paper reserves is based on the provisions of fair use of the United States Copyright Act of 1976. Section 107 of the Copyright Act expressly states that "such use by reproduction in copies...for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."

Purpose and Access

The readings component of course websites provides access to supplementary course materials. Access to the material is limited by password to students and faculty of each course. The database is not browsable outside the course, nor is it available to web search engines.

A copyright warning will be posted on each course website. The text is consistent with the notice described in section 108 of the Copyright Act: "NOTICE: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies of copyrighted materials. The person using this system is liable for any infringement."

Authorized users may view, download, or print copies from the system using Adobe Acrobat Reader. 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.

Obtaining electronic copies of scholarly material

If material is available in electronic form already, either from a contractual service such as JSTOR that permits such use or elsewhere, a link should be made from the course website to the electronic copy. If no persistent URL is available, instructions for finding the article in a particular database may be posted, or a copy may be downloaded for the course website.

If the material is not available in electronic form, copies of articles or chapters of books supplied by the faculty member can be scanned by the Duplication Center and added to the course readings.

Complete or longer works, such as books, cannot be legally scanned. If an existing printed copy can be purchased or borrowed for regular reserve we will do so.

Monitoring Future Developments

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

Course Websites and Copyrighted Material

Hampshire has attempted to make the creation and use of course websites as easy as possible for faculty and students. But we do have to heed copyright and intellectual property laws.

Please remember that personal fair use guidelines, which entitle you as a scholar to make a single copy of an article, book chapter, musical selection, etc. for scholarly purposes are not the same as the guidelines for classroom use. You are responsible for the use of materials for instruction, and there are some helpful guidelines on the website of the Copyright Clearance Center. In 2006, the Association of American Publishers sued Cornell University for misuse of copyrighted material; the Cornell guidelines developed as a result of that suit are also helpful.

We would be happy to help you locate licensed electronic copies of articles that you use in your classes; if the College has a license for a database, the issue of copyright is moot.

If you have any questions, please contact a librarian, or Jennifer Gunter King, director of the library.

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