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Faculty Textbook Request

The following form is for use by the faculty members of Carleton College. If you have any questions, please see our Textbook Request Frequently Asked Questions page. You may also want to use the Faculty Center Network website for information on textbooks. For information about Coursepacks, please click here. For information about copyright policy, please click here or see our list of Copyright FAQs (PDF format).

Course Information
Please complete the following information for the course.

Carleton College: Fall    Winter    Spring
Department:  Course:  Section:
Est. Enrollment:   Max. Enrollment:
Campus Email Address:

Textbooks and Other Materials
Please list below all books and materials that you want the bookstore to have stocked for this course. Please provide any additional information that might help us in ordered specific items (i.e., an unusual source or a new publication or edition).

  Author/Editor Title ISBN Publisher Edition
  Required Optional      Hardbound Paperback Duplicated
  Required Optional      Hardbound Paperback Duplicated
  Required Optional      Hardbound Paperback Duplicated
  Required Optional      Hardbound Paperback Duplicated
  Required Optional      Hardbound Paperback Duplicated
  Required Optional      Hardbound Paperback Duplicated
  Required Optional      Hardbound Paperback Duplicated
  Required Optional      Hardbound Paperback Duplicated
  Required Optional      Hardbound Paperback Duplicated
  Required Optional      Hardbound Paperback Duplicated


What is a coursepack?
A “coursepack” is a compilation (whether bound or loose-leaf) of any photocopied extracts from one or more sources which is intended to provide students with a compilation of materials designed to support the teaching of a course.  A coursepack is created by a professor specifically for a certain course. It may include book excerpts, journal articles, or course notes. Some out-of print books are also reproduced as coursepacks.

What are the advantages of a coursepack?
A coursepack can be one of the texts for a syllabus or it can provide all of the materials that a student needs for a course in one place at one time.  It is convenient for students, and also allows the professor to always refer to the actual documents in class—unlike electronic reserves.

If the desired material does not meet the criteria for fair use in a classroom setting as defined by copyright law, permission must be obtained to make multiple copies .  In such cases, a coursepack is a viable option.  The Bookstore will help you insure that the proper permissions have been acquired.

Coursepacks do not put a burden on departmental budgets.  All costs of printing and copyright permission fees are built into the cost of the coursepack that the student pays when making the purchase.

Will the Bookstore assist me in creating a coursepack and obtaining the necessary copyright permissions?
The Bookstore will obtain all necessary copyright permissions through licensing agencies or directly from the copyright holder if necessary to reproduce all coursepack materials.  The Bookstore will make all of the arrangements with Printing Services for the design and production of the coursepack.

What steps do I need to take to create a coursepack?
Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Bring all original documents to be included in the coursepack to the Bookstore Textbook Manager.
  2. The Textbook Manager will apply for copyright permission for all materials.  The Textbook Manager will keep you apprised of any delays or problems receiving copyright permission.
  3. Once permissions are secured, the Textbook Manager will bring the materials to Printing and Mailing Services for reproduction.
The finished coursepacks are placed on the textbook shelves in the Bookstore next to other course materials .

Copyright Information
The purpose of the following guidelines is to state the minimum standards for educational fair use under the 1976 Copyright Act. Copying course materials is permitted only under the following guidelines without obtaining copyright permission.

If course materials do not meet the tests listed below, copyright permission must be obtained prior to using materials for classroom use. This includes hard copies OR electronic reserves in the library.

For more information on copyright policy please, check out our list of copyright Frequently Asked Questions (PDF format).


    A single copy may be made of any of the following by or for a teacher at his or her individual request for his or her scholarly research or use in teaching or preparation to teach a class:
    • A chapter from a book;
    • An article from a periodical or newspaper;
    • A short story, short essay or short poem, whether or not from a collective work;
    • A chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical, or newspaper.
    Multiple copies (not to exceed in any event more than one copy per pupil in a course) may be made by or for the teacher giving the course for classroom use or discussion, provided that:
    • The copying meets the tests of brevity and spontaneity as defined below; and
    • Meets the cumulative effect test as defined below; and
    • Each copy includes a notice of copyright.


  • Brevity:
    • i. Poetry: (a) A complete poem if less than 250 words and if printed on not more than two pages or (b) from a longer poem, an excerpt of not more than 250 words.
    • ii. Prose: (a) Either a complete article, story or essay of less than 2,500 words, or (b) an excerpt from any prose work of not more than 1,000 words or 10% of the work, whichever is less, but in any event a minimum of 500 words. (Each of the numerical limits stated in "i" and "ii" above may be expanded to permit the completion of an unfinished line of a poem or of an unfinished prose paragraph.)
    • iii. Illustration: One chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture per book or per periodical issue.
    • iv. "Special" works: Certain works in poetry, prose, or in "poetic prose" which often combine language with illustrations and which are intended sometimes for children and at other times for a more general audience fall short of 2,500 words in their entirety. Paragraph "ii" above notwithstanding such "special works" may not be reproduced in their entirety; however, an excerpt comprising not more than two of the published pages of such special work and containing not more than 10% of the words found in the text thereof may be reproduced.
  • Spontaneity:
    • i. The copying is at the instance and inspiration of the individual teacher; and
    • ii. The inspiration and decision to use the work and the moment of its use for maximum teaching effectiveness are so close in time that it would be unreasonable to expect a timely reply to a request for permission.
  • Cumulative Effect:
    • i. The copying of the material is for only one course in the school in which the copies are made.
    • ii. Not more than one short poem, article, story, essay or two excerpts may be copied from the same author, nor more than three from the same collective work or periodical volume during one class term.
    • iii. There shall not be more than nine instances of such multiple copying for one course during one class term. (The limitations stated in "ii" and "iii" above shall not apply to current news periodicals and newspapers and current news sections of other periodicals.)
  • Prohibitions:
    Notwithstanding any of the above, the following shall be prohibited:
    • A. Copying shall not be used to create or to replace or substitute for anthologies, compilations, or collective works. Such replacement or substitution may occur whether copies of various works or excerpts therefrom are accumulated or are reproduced and used separately.
    • B. There shall be no copying of or from works intended to be "consumable" in the course of study or teaching. These include workbooks, exercises, standardized tests and test booklets and answer sheets and like consumable material.
    • C. Copying shall not:
      • i. substitute for the purchase of books, publisher's reprints or periodicals;
      • ii. be directed by higher authority;
      • iii. be repeated with respect to the same item by the same teacher from term to term.
    • D. No charge shall be made to the student beyond the actual cost of the photocopying.

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