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Electronic Reserves

E-Reserves are electronically accessible, full-text articles and book chapters that are supplemental in nature and meet fair use copyright guidelines. They benefit students through 24 hour/7 day a week access to course readings.

Using Blackboard or JayDocs provides access to e-reserve readings, protects the rights of copyright owners and limits any liability on the part of the University. KUMC Copyright Policy and Guidelines

Using the Blackboard Learning Management System

Add electronic reserves to your course in Blackboard.

If you are new to Blackboard, go to Blackboard Training Resources for Instructors for assistance or contact Customer Support at (913) 945-9999. For more information about JayDocs, contact Medical Education Technology at (913) 588-7206.

Determine whether the intended resources meet the "fair use" exemption:

See the copyright guide or chart for more information.

Adding Library Resources (after fair use determination):

Library held resources can be added to your Blackboard account in three different ways:

  1. Link directly to the electronically held version within the Dykes Library's licensed electronic content.
  2. Request scanning and electronic delivery of library held materials (some restrictions as to length/amount may apply)
    • Request Materials through Dykes Library's Interlibrary Loan request system.
    • Electronic copies are supplied within 1-3 business days. The library reserves the right to decline to scan any Course Materials that it deems violates Copyright Law*.
  3. Self-service scanning/copying
    • You are welcome to utilize materials in house or check them out to copy and/or scan at your convenience. Dykes Library provides a variety of scanners, printers and copiers.
Getting copyright clearance

If you have items that don't fall within the "fair use guidelines" use the Copyright Clearance Center to determine pricing for copyright permissions.


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain circumstances specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the Copyright law.

Last modified: Jan 18, 2019