Reserves Policies for Instructors

Reserves Policies for Instructors

In Fall 2021, the library will resume offering physical reserves. Students may check out reserve materials at the circulation desk for a two-hour loan period.

Physical Reserves

Library-owned books or instructor-owned texts may be placed on reserve using Leganto. Instructor-owned copies may be dropped off in person or in a library book return. Please email reserve@ithaca.edu after the items have been delivered to the library.

Electronic Reserves

In compliance with copyright and fair use guidelines, the library will make available a total of two chapters or no more than 10% of an item for the duration of an academic semester. For requests outside of fair use, the library will obtain a quote from the Copyright Clearance Center. Any permission fees would be paid by the requesting faculty member’s department. See the table below for guidance on the use of specific types of instructional materials in Canvas.

Requests to have material digitized should be made through Canvas using Leganto.


Subject librarians can assist instructors in locating relevant course resources. Questions regarding reserves may be directed to reserve@ithaca.edu.

Use of Instructional Materials in Canvas

Material Copyright Status for Use in Canvas with Netpass Access
Books: chapters from physical books Fair use allows limited quantities of copyrighted materials to be used for nonprofit educational purposes.
Books: ebooks in library’s collection Licensed by the library for IC. Link via the permanent URL in the catalog.
Books: public domain May be used without copyright restrictions.
Books: open access Books are marked with a Creative Commons license that shows allowed uses. Most will allow non-profit educational uses with proper attribution.
Articles: licensed journals and newspapers Licensed by the Library for current IC users. Link to articles rather than posting PDFs of copyright-protected material.
Article: open access journals Articles are marked with a Creative Commons license or other licensing information that shows allowed uses. Most will allow non-profit educational uses with proper attribution.
Images: ARTstor Licensed by the Library for IC users. May only be used on sites limited to the IC community (e.g., Canvas).
Images: public domain and open access Public domain images may be used freely without copyright restrictions. Open access images may be used as specified by the Creative Commons or other license.
Video: library-licensed DVDs with Public Performance Rights Licensed for instructional use only at the course level via Netpass authentication
Video: Library DVDs Fair use may apply for streaming excerpts from these DVDs.
Video: public domain and open access Public domain video may be used freely without copyright restrictions. Open access video may be used as specified by the Creative Commons or other license.
Video: other Check licensing information and provide a link, if available. Fair use may apply.
Audio: licensed databases Licensed by the library for IC users. May only be used on sites limited to the IC community (e.g., Canvas).
Audio: library CDs Fair use may apply for streaming excerpts from these CDs.
Audio: other Check licensing information and provide a link, if available. Fair use may apply.

Contact Us

Ben Hogben
Access Services Manager
(607) 274-1689
Kelly Merritt
Multimedia Resources Manager
(607) 274-3880