Procedures for Faculty Using Media Reserves



When a proposed use of any copyrighted work appears to go beyond fair use limitations, the Libraries Copyright Office will seek the required clearances for educational use, and pay any applicable royalty fees.   Please provide all citation information. 

George Mason University applies the fair use factors on a case by case basis. Please see University Libraries Copyright homepage for links to Title 17, U.S. Code §107.

These are procedures for all instructors submitting media for Library Media Reserves for student use.  In addition to a Library Course Reserves form signed by you (for contact information and course identification) for each course,



1.  A list of titles and call numbers for Library owned media.


2.  Typed citations for all personally owned media to be reserved for each course.

a.   In whatever bibliography format you use, each citation must include:

                                                                          i.      Director

                                                                        ii.      Title

                                                                      iii.      Media format (CD, DVD etc.)

                                                                      iv.      Producer and Distributor

                                                                        v.      Year of release

b.      Any written permission letters you have received from colleagues, or any other preauthorization to use copyrighted materials, such as student permission forms.

c.       Library staff will verify citations and find missing information, if an instructor is unable to provide complete bibliographic information.


3.  Any personally owned items, not currently owned by the Library will be ordered,

     unless we have been informed that this is a one time only use.

4.  If you have taped a television program (“off-air taping”), this is a fair use for the classroom and for Library Reserves, for a limited time.  Be sure to label the tape with the date and time of the broadcast, and the title information.




Please contact the Reserves Staff for non-copyright questions: 3-9057.