Libraries Pilot New Guidelines for Electronic Reserves

Marketing and Communications | August 21, 2013

For Fall 2013, the Texas A&M University Libraries is piloting new electronic reserves guidelines that will give faculty more flexibility when using electronic materials for instructional purposes. The previous electronic reserve guidelines limited types and amounts of materials eligible, regardless of teaching purposes, as determined by the Libraries’ personnel.

Compliant with U.S. Copyright Law, the new guidelines take advantage of the law’s Fair Use exemption and allow access to course-related materials in amounts justified by pedagogical need guided by the Libraries’ understanding of Fair Use. Instructors (and not the Libraries) will determine if the requested materials fulfills instructional objectives and whether the intended use matches the stated teaching purpose. Commercial textbooks do not fall within the Libraries’ understanding of the Fair Use exemption.

If the instructor determines intended use of the material does not fall within Fair Use, the Libraries will try to arrange for permission to place the material on electronic reserve and pay any licensing fees.

To assist instructors in making Fair Use evaluations, the Libraries will offer resources and training through the Office of Scholarly Communication.

For more information, visit the course reserves website or call the one of the following reserve desks:

Library Annex—979.845.4833

West Campus Library—979.862.1986

Medical Sciences Library—979.845.7428

Policy Sciences & Economics Library—979.862.3544


For more information: Charlene Clark, Texas A&M University Libraries; 979.862.4233 or