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Print Reserves Welcome

Welcome to the faculty print reserves page for the Roosevelt University Library

We invite you to place your print reserves materials for your students at any of our campus libraries. Reserves are meant to ensure that students in a course are assured timely access to required or supplementary course readings. While on reserve, materials can only be checked out by students in the course for a limited amount of time. Students may check out reserves materials for an additional loan period if there are no other requests for the items. Print materials are held at the circulation desk in the Library of your choosing. 

Place a Print Item on Reserve

Place a Print Item on Reserve

Fill out a print reserves request form for each print item you wish to place on reserve for your students. Please submit the print reserves request form no later than seven business days prior to the date needed for your course to allow time for processing. 

If you are placing your personal copies of items on reserve, please bring them to the library circulation desk you choose in the print reserves request form. You may also email copies of print items for reserves to Estevan Montaño, or Melanie Hirsch, at the Murray-Green Library, Anita Hwang, at the Performing Arts Library, or JoEllen Coney, at the Schaumburg Campus Library. 

All items in print reserves are removed at the end of each semester unless a different date is given. Unfortunately, any photocopied materials cannot be reused in subsequent semesters. Personal copies will be returned to your campus office by library staff unless you arrange to pick them up yourself. 

Items for Print Reserves & Fair Use

Print Reserves & Fair Use

Due to copyright laws and fair use guidelines, not all print materials can be placed on reserves.

Items that may be placed on reserve:

  • Books owned by the library or the instructor’s personal copy
  • No more than one chapter or 10% of a book
  • DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, or other media owned by the library or the instructor’s personal copy
  • No more than one photocopied journal article from a single issue
  • No more than one chart, diagram or picture from a single source
  • Materials authored by the instructor
  • Student papers, with express written permission from the student
  • Works in the public domain or under creative commons licensing 

Items that may not be placed on reserve:

  • Workbooks, course packs or other consumable materials
  • Student papers without written permission from the student
  • More than one chapter from a book
  • More than one article from a journal issue

 Fair Use for Print Reserves

Before you submit a reserve request, you must determine if you may fairly use the materials. As outlined above, works in the public domain, under creative commons licensing, already licensed by the Library, or where the instructor owns the copyright are allowed. Otherwise, use of the materials must follow fair use guidelines. 

Generally, fair use considerations involve four factors:

  1. The Purpose and Character of the Use
    • Nonprofit and educational uses are more likely to be considered fair use, especially if the work serves a clearly articulated pedagogical purpose.
    • Transformative uses, like parody and news reporting, are important factors that weigh in favor of a finding that the use is fair.
    • Commercial uses of the copyrighted work or uses that substitute for the copyrighted work weigh against a finding of fair use.
  2. The Nature of the Copyrighted Work
    • The fair use privilege is more extensive for works of information, such as scientific, biographical, or historical works than for artistic and creative works.
  3. The Amount and Substantiality of the Work Used
    • Fair use is more likely to be found when the user of the copyrighted material takes only the amount necessary for the purpose of the use.
    • Using an entire work will often, but not always, weigh against a finding of fair use.
  4. The Effect of Use on the Potential Market for the Copyrighted Work
    • If there is a potential for harm to the market for the work, this harm will weigh against a finding of fair use.
    • If there is no readily available market for the work, this weighs in favor of fair use.

For questions about copyright, fair use or print reserves, contact Estevan Montaño, or (312) 341-2125.



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Estevan MontaƱo
Roosevelt University Library
(312) 341-2125

Statement on Copyright & Fair Use

The Roosevelt University Library is dedicated to enriching the teaching and learning environment at Roosevelt University by cultivating curiosity and knowledge; encouraging lifelong learning; providing access to quality information and resources; and teaching our community to critically evaluate and use information to create new knowledge. As such, we are committed to respecting the rights of copyright holders, and we make every effort to comply with federal copyright law. We recognize that copyright is a means of encouraging the creation and dissemination of new information, which enhances our community and society as a whole. At the same time, copyright law enables certain fair uses of copyrighted works in order to speed the dissemination of knowledge and create a lively public domain for discourse and learning.

The Roosevelt University Library facilitates compliance with U.S. copyright law, and where appropriate, the exercise in good faith of full fair use rights by faculty and staff in teaching, research, and service activities. All materials placed on reserves must comply with the regulations set out in Title 17 of U.S. legal code. It is the responsibility of faculty members to acquaint themselves with the copyright law as it relates to their use of materials in the classroom and those places on reserve in the library. The library will do its best to ensure that materials placed on reserve are in compliance with copyright law, and as such we have created the following guidelines for placing materials on reserve.

For questions about Fair Use or Copyright please contact Estevan Montaño, at