Electronic Reserves Guide

Electronic Reserves (eReserves) are similar to traditional, paper reserves. The major difference is that eReserves are available via the World Wide Web in digital form using the Portable Document format (PDF) by Adobe Acrobat.

HOW DO eReserves benefit faculty?

Faculty can use eReserve as a way of insuring that students have convenient access to missed lecture materials, forms for projects, instructions and extra materials.

HOW DO eReserves benefit students?

Students can access course reserves from any on campus locations that has Web access.

Students can access and review materials when they miss class or have missed items while taking notes.

HOW DO faculty submit eReserves?

Please submit a copy of the Reserve Request form along with the item(s).

Drop the item(s) by the Circulation Desk.

Fill out the Reserve Request form at the beginning of the semester and the Library can add items to it during the semester if the need arises.

eReserve Policies

1. Electronic Reserve access is restricted to Oral Roberts University faculty, staff and current students authorized through the library’s registration process.  

2. Material for Electronic reserve (eReserve) should be submitted in paper form accompanied with a reserve request form.  The paper copy will be kept on reserve also. 

(a)   Items submitted should be the cleanest possible copy.

(b)   Originals must be 8 ½ x 11 inches or smaller.

(c)   Materials to be scanned must be provided with complete citations i.e. Author, article, or chapter name and number, as well as the journal/book title, and page numbers must be included.

(d)   Documents placed on electronic reserve must carry a copyright warning. 

 eReserve Fair-Use Guidelines   

These guidelines are not intended to burden the facilitation of reserves, but to offer a workable path that educators and librarians may follow in order to exercise a meaningful application of fair use, while acknowledging and respecting the interest of copyright owners.


1.      In accordance with fair use (Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act), electronic reserve systems may include copyrighted materials at the request of a course instructor.

2.      Electronic reserve systems may include short items (such as an article from a journal, a chapter from a book or conference proceedings, or a poem from a collected work) or excerpts from longer items.  “Longer items” may include articles, chapters, poems, and other works that are such length as to constitute a substantial portion of a book, journal, or other works of which they may be a part.  “Short items” may include articles, chapters, poems and other works of a customary length and structure as to be a small part of a book, journal, or other work, even if that work may be marketed individually.

3.      Electronic reserve systems should not include any material unless

The instructor, the library, or another unit of the educational institution possesses a lawfully obtained copy.           

4.      The total amount of material included in electronic reserve systems

For a specific course as a matter of fair use should be a small proportion of the total assigned reading for a particular course.


Sec. 108. - Limitations on exclusive rights: Reproduction by libraries and archives

Last Update: August 6, 2007