Electronic Reserves Policy

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 of greater than chapter length will require working with the AU Campus Store to develop course packs.
  • Items of chapter length or less are to be converted to course packs for use in subsequent semesters of the same course.
  • 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 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.



Complete an Electronic Reserves Submission Form.pdf  for each individual item. Submit a clean, readable copy of materials to Judi Humphrey (x5400) at least five working days before students are to use the materials.

Remember: The copy your students read online will be only as readable as the copy you submit.