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AU Library Copyright Resources:  Library E-Reserves   

A starting point for copyright information, this LibGuide provides links to copyright & fair use resources.

Eletronic Reserves: ERes

E-Reserves Overview

Ashland University Library guidelines for E-reserves are based on the principle that the fair use provisions of 17 USCS section 107 permit the making of copies of copyrighted material for classroom use as long as the four determining fair use factors are considered.

Please note the following:

  • E-Reserves are not to be used as a substitute for purchasing textbooks.
    We recommend consulting the AU Campus Store to develop course packs as needed.
  • Items are not placed on e-reserves in perpetuity.
  • All four factors of fair use will be applied to items when being reviewed for inclusion on e-reserves.

The library reserves the right to refuse items for e-reserves that do not meet fair use guidelines.

Access to E-reserves is restricted by password; instructors are contacted with password information for their students. Instructors are encouraged to change their E-reserves passwords each semester.

Materials for E-Reserve

Materials accepted for E-Reserves include:

  • Instructor-owned materials (course syllabi, lecture notes, sample exams, etc.).
  • Public domain materials.
  • Audiovisual materials for which the faculty member provides proof of copyright holder’s permission to use.
  • Student work with signed permission form on file.
  • PowerPoint presentations. AU Library assumes faculty member has permission to post all copyrighted materials contained in PowerPoint presentations.
  • Website links. Web-based resources or their contents may be copyright protected. In these instances fair use guidelines may apply.

General Reserves: Books & Media

Faculty may place Library-owned copies of books and DVDs on reserve. Faculty may also place personal copies of books and other materials on reserve to be used by students.

Physical works lent to the library will be marked with identification and circulation labels. AU Library is not liable for damage to of loss of such works. Per fair use guidelines, a small portion of books may be digitized for student use upon instructor request.

Interested in placing items on reserve?  Contact AU Library's Head of Circulation and E-Res Manager, Judi Humphrey at ext. 5400 or by email at

Library Reserves


Ashland University Library offers a variety reserve options of course support.  Traditional closed reserves for books, and DVDs are available at the main campus library. Electronic Reserves, or E-Res, are available for AU main campus and off-campus centers. Reserves information is available via the Reserves link on the AU Library home page

E-Reserves & Copyright