You can place course materials on reserve at the Gordon Library for students to borrow for a limited period of time, or upload copies of readings into Canvas, but these activities may be subject to copyright law and you are responsible for securing the appropriate copyright permissions. However, in certain situations, you may be able to copy and distribute copyrighted educational materials without requesting permission:
For more details on these guidelines, please consult the U.S. Copyright Office Circular 21 (Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians). Please note that these guidelines are not part of U.S. copyright law, but can serve as a best practice.
You may also consider whether your use is covered by fair use. Consult "Fair Use and Your Work" on the "For Faculty" tab of this guide for more information.
Open Educational Resources, or OERs, are educational resources that are in the public domain (no one owns the copyright and they are free to use) or with an open license. Using OERs for your course readings and materials will give you clarity on re-use, and you can copy, adapt, and share materials legally and with no charge. Visit our own OER guide for more information on finding and using OERs for your courses: https://libguides.wpi.edu/oer