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Course Reserves


The Diné College Libraries maintains a collection of course reserve materials to support classroom instruction. Physical copies of books, DVDs, and articles are located at the Help Desk at each library location. Students need to sign materials out and checkout periods are typically 2 hours, depending on demand. Generally, course reserves materials cannot be checked out of the library building. Students must get written permission from instructors to take course reserve items out of the library building. 


For Faculty

Faculty may place materials on reserve for student use at the Help Desk. Materials may be items owned by the Diné College Libraries or personal copies. Students can then check out reserve items for in-library use. Load periods are typically 2 hours. For more information on how to place materials on reserve, please visit the Faculty Support page. 


Copyright Policy


Copyright notices do not have to be placed on works for copyright to be in effect. Copyright begins when a work is created in a fixed and tangible medium of expression. Copyright applies to published as well as unpublished works. 

Fair Use

The "Fair Use" clause in copyright was created as a limited exception in order to encourage the free flow of ideas while maintaining the rights of the original copyright holder. Fair use contains vague and unclear language which can make it difficult to determine how much copying can be done without infringing on copyright. The American Library Association and other organizations have established guidelines for fair use of materials. These guidelines are not the law but are widely accepted minimum standards. The Diné College Libraries abide by these guidelines to ensure the college does not engage in copyright infringement. If these guidelines cannot be met, copyright permission must be obtained from the copyright holder in order to place them on reserve.


  • Copies cannot be used to create, replace or substitute for anthologies, compilations, or collective works, whether or not such copies are to be bound or provided separately
  • More than 2 articles from the same issue of a journal, magazine or newspaper
  • More than 2 chapters from the same book
  • There shall be no copying of or from works intended to be "consumable" in the course of study or of teaching. These include workbooks, exercises, standardized tests and test booklets, answer sheets, and like consumable materials
  • Copying will not substitute for the purchase of books, publishers' reprints, or periodicals