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Electronic Reserves Policy

About the Service:

Circulation Services offers an Electronic Reserves service. The service will make course reserve readings available to students via the Web.

Electronic Reserve requests will usually be processed and made available within 72-hours of submission. During peak periods requests may take longer than 72 hours to process.

Faculty may submit Electronic Reserve items in print hard copy form (ONE-SIDED AND LEGIBLE), or electronically as MS Word or PDF documents.

To place items on Electronic Reserve, you may stop by the Periodicals/Reserves Desk on the 1000 level, call 581-6092.

Electronic Reserves will operate in compliance with copyright law, fair use, and standard library copyright practices. As such:

  • Items will be placed on E-Reserve for educational and research purposes. No fees will be charged to use the service.
  • Access to the Electronic Reserve items will be limited to students enrolled in the specific course. As such, a password will be given by the instructor only to students enrolled in the course.
  • Only items permissible under copyright practices will be placed on Reserve. Only a small portion of the required readings can be placed on E-Reserves. Booth Library reserves the right to decline to place items on Electronic Reserve that are believed to violate copyright. All items will be removed from Electronic Reserves at the end of the semester.
  • If you need materials through Interlibrary Loan please prepare ahead. It may take longer than two weeks.

Permissible items include:

  • exams, quizzes, course notes, course syllabi or other items in which the copyright is held by the instructor
  • government publications
  • journal or newspaper articles (1 article per volume): only for a semester. (However, articles from full text databases can be linked consecutively as long as EIU subscribes to those databases.)
  • short poem (fewer than 250 words), short story, or essay: only for a semester
  • one book chapter or 10% of a book whichever is less: only for a semester
  • graphs, charts, etc.

Items not permissible under copyright practices include:

  • course packs
  • more than one article from a journal
  • required textbooks
  • items intended to be consumable in the course of study (such as workbooks, exercises, standardized tests, etc.)