Wayne State College

Conn Library Services

Faculty - Course Reserves

Faculty may place materials on reserve for student use. Checkout periods are one hour, two hours, one day, or three days. (Please note: We cannot guarantee your personal materials will not leave the library.) Please review the list below for details. You may call the Circulation Supervisor with any questions at 402-375-7399.

The Reserve Materials form is available here

  • Checkout periods are one hour, two hours, one day, or three days.
  • Reserved materials may leave the library, including personal materials you place on reserve
  • To place materials on reserve, please bring them to the Circulation Desk with a completed and signed Reserve Materials Form.
  • Photocopied documents may be placed on reserve if brought to the Circulation Desk
  • Please place materials on reserve at least three days prior to the desired availability date. 
  • Materials may be brought at any time during the academic year.
  • Multiple copies of an item may be placed on reserve. We assume that you are complying with the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

For further questions, please call the Circulation Supervisor at 402-375-7399.

Reserve Collection Copyright Guidelines

Photocopies, journal articles and book chapters

  • Chapters of books and photocopies of articles may be placed on reserve. According to the Federal Copyright Act and "fair use" guidelines, no more than one chapter or 10% of the book may be placed on reserve.
  • If the library or the faculty member owns the book, photocopies may be placed on reserve repeatedly.
  • The Library requires the "Reserve Materials Form" be completed for each reading to be placed on reserve. If the material has been on reserve before, a copyright permission must accompany the form.
  • Photocopied materials not owned by the library or the faculty member may be on reserve for one semester only without copyright permission.
  • The faculty member placing materials on reserve is responsible for obtaining copyright permission. Sample letters requesting copyright permission ae available from the Reserve Department of the Library.

General guidelines regarding copyright:

  • If the U.S. Government published the material, it is generally in the public domain.
  • For works created 1978 or later, the copyright lasts from the creation of the work until 50 year after the death of the author.
  • For works created before 1978 with a copyright notice, the maximum duration of copyright protection is 75 years.
  • Works published before 1978 without a copyright notice, are considered to be in the public domain.

Video Materials Guidelines

For video materials, we allow retention of copies of on-air broadcast programs to be retained for only 45 days. The copy will be returned to the faculty member after 45 days.

Personal Copies

The library will place on reserve any published material supplied by the faculty member (such as textbooks, workbooks, out-of-print materials) or materials created by the professor for the course (such as review questions, exams, etc.)

Library Materials

The library will place on reserve library-owned materials including periodicals.