Reserves and Copyright

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Books and Movies

  • To request materials be placed on reserve, please submit our Course Reserve Request Form
  • You may place books and movies (d’Alzon Library copies or personal copies) on reserve for your students to use in the Library.
  • Please allow staff one week to process your reserve requests, before instructing students to use them. If a requested item is not in our collection, please allow us 4-6 weeks to order the item and prepare it for circulation.
  • All items will be removed from reserve at the end of the semester. Personal copies will be returned to faculty.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Nancy O'Sullivan at or 508.767.7271.


Documents that you provide in print or electronic format, as well as electronic materials owned by the Library, can be placed on electronic reserve and made available to your students in your Brightspace site. Examples of items that can be placed on e-reserve include: syllabi, exams, lecture notes, journal articles, book chapters, study materials, and material from websites. 

How do I send materials to the Library so that they will be posted as e-reserves, and how long will it take?

  • To request materials be placed on e-reserve, please submit our E-Reserve Request Form.
  • If you already have a PDF copy of the material, please send it as an email attachment to Nancy O'Sullivan at
  • Individual readings over 50 pages will be placed on reserve in print and made available for check-out at the Front Desk of the Library.
  • To ensure that materials will be available when your students need them, please submit your materials well before the start of the semester (at least two weeks) and at least one week in advance of an assignment during the semester. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact Nancy O'Sullivan at or 508.767.7271.

How will my students and I access the readings on e-reserve?

To access the readings, click on e-Reserves from the left menu, when logged in to your course page in Brightspace. You must be currently enrolled in a course at Assumption College, in order to access e-reserve readings for that course on Brightspace. Log in to Brightspace with your Assumption College username and password. If students encounter problems accessing Brightspace materials, they can contact the Library at 508.767.7271.  For other problems that you may experience with the Brightspace course system, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 508.767.7060. 


Faculty Guidelines for E-reserves

Emmanuel d’Alzon Library’s guidelines for providing access to copyright-protected materials through its e-reserve service are based on the fair use provisions of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 (Title 17 of the United States Code). Section 107 of the Copyright Act expressly permits fair use of copyrighted materials for teaching, scholarship and research.  The conditions for fair use are determined by a considering the four factors specified in Section 107:
  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of 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.
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. 
When processing e-reserve requests, Library staff will follow the general guidelines listed below.  

General Guidelines

  • Library Reserves staff will limit the portion of any single book scanned to a small portion of the book (typically a chapter or two).
  • A single article from a particular issue of a journal can be scanned and uploaded to Brightspace.  
  • Links to articles will be posted when an article is available freely on the web or through a library database subscription.
  • The Library will attempt to purchase any material used for e-reserve that it does not already own.
  • Materials that do not fall within fair use may be placed on e-reserve, if the instructor has obtained permission from the copyright holder.  

For Students 

If you are a student and need help finding your reserves, please see our Course Reserves for Students page.