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III. Course Preparation: Book Orders, Library Materials

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A. Resources

Book Orders: Texts and other materials needed for class instruction to be purchased by students are ordered through the College Store, located at 60 Raymond Avenue #1, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. College Store website

Library Reserve: The Reserve department processes books, articles and media materials faculty designate as required and supplemental readings for their courses. Many faculty opt to have materials digitized by the reserves department made available online; hard copies are housed in the Reserve Room. Please submit reserve request forms well before the beginning of classes to ensure that materials will be available when needed. The request form as well as additional information is available at the online address following, or you may email the reserve office ( or call x5796.
Reserves and Art Digital Imaging Services

Library Orders: Materials in all formats including books, videos, DVDs, microtext, and electronic resources may be ordered for the libraries collections through the Technical Services department. Requests should be submitted well before the items are needed. Online order forms as well as additional information are available on the Libraries web page.
Request Purchase of Materials

Video Collection: The Vassar Library has a substantial video collection of material on VHF, DVD, and laser disk, located in the Reserve Room. Viewing equipment for individual users is available in the space adjacent to the Reserve Room. The library film collection is included in the online catalog.
Vassar College Libraries Online Catalog

Media Resources: Many classrooms are equipped with VCRs and several larger classrooms have video projection systems installed. Equipment and rooms needed for the use of video, slide, and film sources may be arranged through Media Resources. For further information visit the Computing website.

Computer Classrooms: There are several computer classrooms available for both scheduled classes and one-time use. Many classrooms are equipped for computer projection. Arrangements are made through the Registrar, Media Sources, and Computing and Information Services.

Copy Center: Material for classroom distribution may be copied at the Copy Center, subject to copyright restrictions. A special copier for faculty research use is provided in the Library without charge; it is not intended for classroom material. The copy center has a color copier available.


B. Policy on Fair Use of Copyrighted Works for Education and Research

  1. Policy Statement

    As an institution devoted to the creation, discovery, and dissemination of knowledge, Vassar College is committed to complying with all applicable laws regarding intellectual property. That commitment includes the full exercise of the rights accorded to those who desire to use copyrighted works for educational purposes under the “fair use” provisions of federal copyright law, 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

    It is therefore Vassar’s intent to facilitate the knowledgeable and good faith exercise of full fair-use rights by faculty, students, librarians, and staff, in furtherance of the educational purposes of the college including teaching, research, education and related activities. To that end, through the Vassar

    Libraries, the Director of Copyright Management under the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, and other appropriate offices, Vassar shall:

    1. inform and educate its faculty, students, librarians, and staff about copyrights and the application of the fair use provisions;

    2. develop and make available information concerning fair use and intellectual property laws generally and the application of the fair use provisions in specific situations; and

    3. avoid adoption or support of policies or agreements tending to unduly restrict or hinder the fair use of copyrighted works for educational purposes.

    In addition, Vassar shall defend and indemnify faculty, librarians, staff and student employees in the performance of their duties as necessary and appropriate in accordance with intellectual property laws and this policy.

    One of the underlying principles of this policy is that a good faith exercise of fair use depends on the balancing of the four factors set forth on a case-by-case basis. The factors enacted by Congress and applied by the courts to evaluate whether a use qualifies as fair use are:

    1. the purpose or character of the use;

    2. the nature of the copyrighted work being used;

    3. the amount and substantiality of the work being used; and

    4. the effect of the use on the market for or value of the original.

    To aid the reader in interpreting the four factors, a useful explanation of the meaning of these factors is available at the Fair Use and the Four Factors Test page in the Vassar College Copyright Guide at

    For a full statement of the Vassar College Policy on Fair Use of Copyrighted Works for Education and Research please consult the copyright web.
    (Approved by the faculty April 4, 2001, approved by the Board of Trustees, August 2001.)

  2. Assistance in applying the policy

    Vassar College recognizes that innovative research and progressive instruction methods may give rise to the need for additional support in undertaking an analysis of fair use. For assistance with understanding or applying this policy, faculty should consult the associate director of reader services in the library, or refer to the Vassar College Guide to Copyright website.