Course Reserves Policy

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Statement of Purpose

The course reserves collection consists of items considered essential or required for a course, items that are used by various departments or programs, and items in high demand.


Clark College Libraries are legally obliged to observe the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) and the Clark College Copyright Policy (Clark College Administrative Procedures Manual, section 675.000). Faculty may contact a librarian for further information; consultation with a librarian does not constitute legal counsel. Liability rests with the course reserve requester.

The library will work with the instructor to keep appropriate records which ensure good custody of the item received. Library staff will attempt to recover overdue materials according to established procedures.

The library is not responsible for an instructor’s personal copy that is damaged or lost. In such an event, the borrower who lost or destroyed the item may be offered the instructor’s name to arrange a replacement. The library cannot reimburse the instructor for any late, billing, or replacement fees it collects.

Course reserve items should be owned by the instructor, department, or Clark College Libraries. Items clearly owned by other libraries, external organizations, or vendors, including items acquired via Summit or interlibrary loan, will not be placed on course reserve. Clark College Libraries reserves the right to refuse any item.

The instructor must respond promptly to notifications from library staff, including signing the annual course reserve form, or risk removal of their items from the collection.

Items will only remain in the course reserves collection if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The instructor has requested items remain on course reserve, and
  • The instructor(s) listed on the request form is teaching the course, and
  • The library has a valid course reserves request form on file.

Borrowers are subject to the Clark College Libraries Borrowing Policy.