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Course Reserves: *FOR FACULTY

Course Reserves


The NPC Library will place material requested by NPC faculty on reserve under the following conditions:

  1. All materials are restricted to educational use by students enrolled in the course or for staff training.
  2. A Faculty Course Reserve Request Form must accompany the items. Forms can be obtained through the link on the right of this page.
  3. Faculty are asked to please provide 3 weeks advance notice to allow for processing and delivery of items to locations.
  4. Forms and materials must be sent to a campus library.  Course reserves for center locations will be processed by a campus library and then sent to the center location.
  5. Course reserves for multiple locations can be delivered to any campus library which will process all items and/or send them to the appropriate locations.
  6. Faculty, the Library, or an NPC Department must own the items placed on reserve.
  7. Library assumes no liability for faculty owned items.
  8. Course reserve items will only be used at the original location and will not be sent to other locations.
  9. Faculty are responsible for retrieving any personal items that have been submitted as Course Reserves with the Library upon separation from the college.

Copyright Guidelines - Fair Use Applies

  1. Persons submitting course reserve items will be responsible for ensuring the items comply with Copyright Law and Northland Pioneer College Policy 1150 Copyrighted Material.  Additional information about copyrights can be found on the NPC Library Copyright libguide.
  2. Course reserves at Northland Pioneer College are used solely for non-profit educational purposes.
  3. In most cases, items that fall under fair use, public domain materials, and those not covered by copyright may be placed on reserve without obtaining copyright permission or paying copyright royalties.
  4. In judging whether a use is fair, it is important to consider four factors:
    • The Purpose or character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for non-profit educational purposes;
    • The nature of the copyrighted work;
    • The amount and sustainability of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole;
    • The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
  5. The United States Copyright Act of 1976 (Section 107) expressly permits the making of multiple copies for classroom use.
    • Copies of course reserve items may be made without securing copyright permission if the copying is related directly to the educational objectives of a specific course and if the copyrighted material is limited to brief works, or brief excerpts from longer works, i.e., a single chapter from a book, a single article from a journal, or unrelated news articles.
  6. The library staff will not place items on course reserve when found to be in violation of copyright law.  Requesting faculty and/or department will be notified.



  1. Items that would be consumed upon use, i.e., consumables such as standardized tests, exercises, worksheets, etc., and copies of these items.
  2. Any "fair use" item on reserve previous semesters that does not have proper copyright permission.
  3. Unauthorized copies of copyrighted items.
  4. "Off-air" video recordings.

Copyright Permission Required

  1. Copies of articles, book chapters, or excerpts to be placed on course reserve must include a notice of copyright, i.e.: if known, the © year of first publication, name of copyright holder, and a full bibliographic citation (author, title, journal title or book publisher, and date).
  2. For any item not meeting Fair Use guidelines, i.e. amount of the work, etc.
  3. Copyright permission for items on reserve must be on file with the library.
  4. Additional information about copyrights can be found on the NPC Library Copyright libguide.

Reserve materials are considered an extension of the classroom.

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