Electronic Reserves – Pullman Campus

The Washington State University Libraries supports campus faculty through its reserves services, including electronic reserves. Below are some guidelines and information on work practices for the electronic reserves service.


The purpose of the electronic reserves service is to make course materials available to students for classroom use. The electronic reserves service provides students with access to a small part of the materials required for a course and is not a substitute for coursepacks.

General Information

  • Materials are placed on electronic reserves at the initiative of course instructors.
  • In all cases, a lawfully obtained copy will be used as the basis for an electronic reserves item. When possible, when an item that is not part of the Libraries’ collections is digitized and placed on electronic reserves, the Libraries will purchase or obtain a copy.
  • In most cases, it is contractually possible to use WSU Libraries electronic subscription resources with electronic reserves. To minimize University expenditures on copyright, faculty members should strongly consider using items owned by WSU Libraries for electronic reserves readings.
  • The Libraries will make use of Fair Use provisions (codified in Section 107 of the Copyright Act) in placing materials on electronic reserves.
  • In cases in which an item’s use exceeds fair use, the Libraries will assist faculty members in obtaining copyright permission. This includes the Libraries seeking and paying for permission from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) and directly from rights holders.

Submitted Materials – Limits and Requirements

  • The total amount of material included in electronic reserves for a specific course should be a small proportion of the total assigned reading for the course.
  • A maximum of 20 items per class that require copyright permission to be obtained may be placed on electronic reserves.
  • No more than 25 percent of a book may be digitized and placed on electronic reserves.
  • Consistent with the Attorney General of Washington (Washington State University Division) recommendations to the Libraries, a copy of the original copyright notice will be included with the digitized item.
  • The submitted materials must meet legibility requirements.
  • Submission of a course syllabus is recommended to assist library staff in processing reserves materials.

Access to Materials

  • Electronic reserves materials are accessible through the Leganto course reserves management system.
  • The link to a Leganto course reading list is accessed from a course’s Canvas space.
  • Instructions for setting up a link to and accessing a Leganto course reading list are detailed in the following documents:
  • Adding Course Reserves Reading List to Canvas Navigation (Screencast)
    Accessing Course Reserve Reading Lists in Leganto
  • Limits will be applied to ensure that all users attempting to access any electronic reserves document are members of the WSU community.
  • There will be no charge for access to electronic reserves materials.

Online Courses

  • Online course designers work with both faculty and library staff to ensure that all required readings are available to students, but that no copyrighted material is posted directly in course spaces.
  • If you have required readings be sure to send those citations to your online course designer and if you plan to place outside readings or supplemental teaching materials in your course space, please consult with your Global Campus course designer so he/she can check for any copyright issues.
  • Required copyrighted readings are made available via either the library’s electronic databases or eReserves system. Library personnel and online class designers collaborate so that faculty developing courses need only communicate with the online designer and do not need to work back and forth between the two entities on this issue.