Answered By: Alison Gowers
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2017     Views: 174

Due to the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968, no more than a resonable portion of a work may be uploaded to the University's eReserve at any one time. Where Library staff advise that a work cannot be uploaded because a reasonable portion of the work already exists on eReserve, staff members have these options:

  • Provide a copy of the work to the students via email or as a handout in class. This is only an option if that group of students have not already been provided with a reasonable portion of the same work by some other means, including eReserve, for that course of instruction. If you provide more than a reasonable portion to students then you are in breach of the Copyright Act 1968.
  • Consider if there is value in in identifying for students an alternative resource that could supplement or replace all or part of the work you intended to use more than a reasonable portion of. This could also improve student's breadth of reading.
  • Ask the Library to investigate options for acquiring a copy of the work. If the work is not available electronically then the Library can purchase print copies and restrict the borrowing privileges on some copies in order to promote wider circulation. If the work is available electronically then all students can have access to it.
  • Give students the citation details of the item and have them locate it themselves. This could also serve to improve student's research skills.

Contact your Library or the Copyright Coordinator for further assistance.


Please view the Copyright Guide on the University Library website for more information about the above topic as well as other areas of Copyright.