We are encouraging faculty to identify course materials as early as possible so that we have time to identify and secure e-versions. Please submit your course reserves requests through Canvas. Follow our or email questions to or your local reserves unit.
As part of Yale‘s effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Library is fulfilling scanning requests as part of a legitimate response to a public health emergency such as this one. If your request is for course materials that will be used by students needing accommodation for print disabilities, please submit that request here and we will work with Student Accessibility Services to deliver an appropriately formatted version. If you do not have students needing accommodation and you have determined the use to favor fair use under U.S. copyright law, you may upload this material yourself and share it with your class through the university’s Canvas learning management portal. If you need the Library to scan this material, please submit your request through Canvas for assistance.
Note, however, that we must still ensure that our scanning is feasible, permissible and reasonable in relation to these extraordinary circumstances. Please only request materials where an electronic copy is not available from the Library (and note that the Library may be able to purchase electronic access if it does not currently offer the resource). Please also limit your request to the portions of a given work that are needed for full participation in the course for the duration of the limited student access and/or student dislocation. Scans made during this time may include a special cover page with important copyright information; please include the cover page when you share the scan with students. Please only distribute these scans to students using your course site on Canvas to ensure that access is limited only to those enrolled in the course.
Finally, note that some textbook publishers and other academic resource vendors are making resources freely available to educational users affected by COVID-19 closures. For a current list of these vendors, please visit: .
Yale University supports teaching with electronic course reserves and similar analog and digital services. The primary function of these services is to ensure that students and instructors will have timely access to course-related library resources.
Course Reserves are short-term loans of print materials, videos, audiotapes, and other materials that an instructor requires for the teaching of a current course. An instructor submits a request to the library to place these materials on reserve at a library facility. At the end of each semester, library staff remove these items from reserve, re-shelve them, or return them to the instructor.
The library can only reserve materials that are a part of the library’s collection or belong to a course instructor or corresponding university department. The library cannot put materials from non-Yale libraries on reserve. If we do not own the requested materials, the library can attempt to purchase them.
Electronic reserve materials, or eReserves, are short-term “loans” of digital materials that an instructor requires for the teaching of a current course. An instructor submits a request to the library to place these materials on a course-specific eReserves web page. At the end of each semester, library staff remove these items from eReserves. eReserves may only be used in compliance with copyright law.
All course pages containing eReserves material are CAS-authenticated and require a Yale NetID and password. Access to an eReserves course web page is restricted to:
Yale University Library is committed to complying with all applicable intellectual property laws and expects instructors to respect copyright. It is the responsibility of the instructors to determine if the material placed on eReserves complies with copyright law.
All materials placed on eReserves must be lawfully owned or licensed by either the library, the course instructor, or the corresponding university department. Materials from non-Yale libraries – including Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan items - may not be placed on eReserves. Additionally, custom course packs are licensed only for individual student use and cannot be included in eReserves holdings.
The library will provide links to library-licensed content on behalf of instructors. In the event no licensed content is available, instructors are responsible for evaluating, on a case-by-case basis, whether the use of a copyrighted work submitted for eReserves requires permission from the copyright holder, is in the public domain, or qualifies as a “fair use” under copyright law.
Permission to use the item must be secured if none of the above options apply to your request. The library will assist with seeking permissions through the Copyright Clearance Center. Contact your local reserves unit if you need assistance.
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Contact your local reserves unit if you need assistance.
For step by step instructions on how to submit Course Reserve requests via Canvas, follow this guide: Using Canvas for Reserves
For specific Yale course reserves:
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The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of the copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than in private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The Yale University Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgement fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
1 37 C.F.R. §201.14