Copyright & Fair Use


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material.

  • Most material available electronically, whether from freely accessible websites or from subscription databases, is protected by copyright law, whether or not a statement of copyright is visible on the page being viewed.
  • You are liable for any infringement of the Copyright Law resulting from your reproduction of copyrighted material.
  • Electronic products must be used in accordance with specific subscription/license agreements between the University Libraries and vendors.

Information about their use in Canvas, course packs and reserves is available on request by contacting ASKus 402-472-9568.

US Copyright Office

Sue Ann Gardner

University Libraries Scholarly Communications Librarian and Cataloging and Metadata Librarian
322 Love Library

Fair Use & Course Reserves

Go to the Course Reserve Web Page

The UNL Libraries comply with the copyright laws and fair use guidelines.

We expect that faculty members who place items on reserve have made appropriate arrangements in this regard.

  • fair use guidelines only apply to reproduced copyrighted works separated from their original source
  • there are no copyright restrictions on placing whole works in their original formats onto reserve
  • we are able to place a chapter from a book, and a single article from a journal issue onto reserve
  • several chapters and articles may be placed on reserve for the same course, as long as each item is not from the same source
  • we allow copyrighted solution sets and exams to be placed on reserve without seeking copyright permission
  • If more than one chapter or article from a single source is requested, then copyright permission from the publisher may be required. Contact the reserve assistant at your library for further arrangements.

Non-copyright materials, such as syllabi, class notes, and/or solution sets and exams created within the department are always accepted.