In support of the teaching and learning mission of the library and academic institution, reserve services will be made available in compliance with US copyright law, including user rights such as the first sale doctrine and fair use.
Course reserves are textbooks and other required or supplemental materials that the library makes available to students.
Items included in course reserves will have a "Course" icon associated with them in the library's search tool.
To put materials on reserve, either fill out the following online form or pick up a paper form at the library circulation desk.
Email any questions to Liz Svoboda (firstname.lastname@example.org), Instruction Librarian.
Instructors are encouraged to apply the Fair Use Checklist to any copyrighted work they are assigning students to read, view, or listen to, outside of the assigned textbook.
Who may place materials on reserve?
Only class instructors may put materials on reserve for the classes they are teaching in a given semester.
How do you place materials on reserve?
The instructor must complete a request form citing each item that is to be placed on reserve in the library. Complete the following form and submit any instructor-owned copies in person to the circulation desk.
How many copies may be placed on reserve?
Faculty may submit multiple copies of each item for larger classes. Please note that providing copies (duplicate folders or personal books) is the responsibility of the instructor. The library is not able to provide photocopy service.
What may be placed on reserve?
How long can materials be placed on reserve?
Most materials can be placed on reserve for multiple semesters if the use is deemed fair by the circulation staff. Electronic reserves will only be uploaded for the semesters in which the associated class will be taught.
While providing course reserves, the library complies with copyright law. For more information about the copyright at the University of Michigan please see the following resources from the UM-AA Copyright Office and the U.S. Copyright Office.
Fair use is a limitation on the rights of the copyright holder that allows others to use portions of a copyrighted work or the whole work without permission from the holder (Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act). It is determined by a balanced application of the four factors set forth in the statute:
The library also consults the Association of Research Libraries Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries (2012).
Instructors who want to use copyrighted material as additional reading or viewing material, should determine whether their use is fair before posting or uploading items to their online courses or submitting additional readings for course reserve. Not all educational use is fair use.
The library has created a Fair Use Checklist to help faculty work through their use of copyrighted works. All materials submitted for library course reserves, especially e-reserves, will be assessed for Fair Use.
Additional information can be found through the UM-AA Copyright Office. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Liz Svoboda, Instruction Librarian, at email@example.com.
To comply with copyright law and licensing agreements it is better to link to library content in your Canvas courses instead of uploading PDFs downloaded from the databases.
To ensure that links to library resources will work for any UM-Flint affiliate whether they are on campus or not, they need to be persistent and sometimes proxied.
Persistent - The URLs that appear in the address bar of library resources are often session-specific, meaning they will expire. Persistent, or stable, links should be used instead.
Proxied - Links that include the library’s proxy server prefix (https://libproxy.umflint.edu/login?url=) or infix allow off-campus users to login, be recognized as affiliated with UM-Flint, and entitled to access the content.
Use persistent and proxied link for rich text links in Canvas to ensure access in new windows.
Finding a Persistent Link
Many resources provide an option to copy and paste a persistent link but they are sometimes tricky to find since the term used and the location for doing so can vary depending on which resource you are using. Some common terms to look for include:
If you are linking to the article in rich text, make sure it includes either the proxy server prefix https://libproxy.umflint.edu/login?url= or that the infix libproxy.umflint.edu is included in the middle of the URL. If the link opens in a new browser window, it will ensure access by logging in.
Some resources automatically include the proxy server prefix or infix but, if they don’t, it can be added manually to the beginning of the persistent URL. For example:
This information was updated on May 2, 2023.
If you need help locating or constructing links, please contact a librarian or attend our ODE-partnered workshops "Course Readings, Copyright, and Online Classrooms" and "Integrating the Library into Your Canvas Course."