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:
Film Study Center
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