For Faculty

Course Material / Reserves

Students can find books on reserve for your class using the search box in that link, then visit the library desk for access.

Academic Year 2021-22: In order to ensure access to students who are unable to be on campus, we recommend providing course reserve materials digitally as much as possible. However, the library is offering physical reserves starting Fall 2021, which will be accessible to students when the library is open. If you would like to place physical items on reserve for your class, please email to make arrangements. We will need the following information:

  • Faculty name, department name, course number, course title, number of students
  • Title/author/call number of physical items you want on reserve
  • Include new titles if you wish the library to purchase a copy for your course reserve

Posting Licensed or Copyrighted Resources on SAIC Course Pages

SAIC considers the course pages residing in its Canvas learning management system to be extensions of the classroom. SAIC faculty, staff, and students are expected to be informed and responsible when using protected materials in conjunction with course pages. In general, resource materials used within SAIC course pages will fall into one of the following categories: licensed resources; copyrighted material; freely available works by others; or your own work.

Licensed Resources
Licensed resources such as e-books, e-journals, image databases, and streaming videos, are subject to specific licensing agreements as well as copyrights. They are provided for educational use only, i.e. private study, scholarship, or research. Licensing terms can be complex and are subject to change. When using material from a licensed resource, the best practice is simply to post a link to the content in Canvas, rather than duplicating the content in Canvas. If you are adding materials available through library databases, we recommend following the instructions on our Linking to Library Resources & Databases guide. Please note: if you were using links with the EZproxy prefix ( they will need to be updated.

Copyrighted Material
Fair Use:
In the USA, original works of authorship are protected by copyright as soon as they are fixed in a tangible medium -- whether the work is published or unpublished. The legal concept of fair use frequently allows artists, educators, students, and other researchers some leeway in the use of the copyrighted works of others. The College Art Association (CAA) and other professional organizations publish best practices for fair use in teaching situations, including course pages.

Permissions and Fees: When it is necessary to obtain permission to post copyrighted material to your course page, Flaxman Library staff can request the permission from the rights holder. Reasonable fees will be paid from the library budget. If permission is denied or the fee seems exorbitant, library staff will work with you to find alternatives to support teaching and research needs.

If you would like the library to manage the permission/fee process for you, send complete citations for each resource to be posted to your course page to Include your name, course department, course name and number, and the semester for which permission is needed. We requires the following citation information to accurately identify works: article or chapter title & author; journal or book title & author; page numbers; publisher; publication date; volume & issue information for journals; ISBN or ISSN.

Additional Resources: For questions relating to copyright and posting licensed content, check out the following resources:

Freely Available Works
Creative Commons:
Some creators use Creative Commons copyright licenses to make sharing permissions simple and clear, without having to contact the rights owner. If you see a “CC…” symbol on the work you wish to use, simply look up the terms on the Creative Commons website to see what is allowed.

Open Access: Open access (OA) publishing provides unrestricted access to and re-use of original works. You can explore our Where to Find Open Access Materials to discover these materials. 

Public Domain: Creative works which are not protected by copyright or restricted by license are in the public domain and may be freely used by all. Boise State University has posted a chart describing When U.S. Works Pass Into the Public Domain.

Your Own Material
As an author, designer, coder, or artist, you own the rights to your own work -- unless and until you transfer rights to others. If you have signed a publication agreement or other contract, you may have given up some or all of your rights. The SPARC website is an excellent source of information on knowing and retaining your rights as an author.

SAIC Policies

If you have any questions, please email for help.

Classroom Visits + Library Instruction (In-Person or Virtual)

We have updated our Instruction Menu to accommodate all formats of in-person or virtual classes, including both synchronous and asynchronous options such as pre-recorded sessions or Canvas modules that can be added to your course. To sign up, please use our updated form and a librarian will confirm your request and discuss next steps. We welcome questions to

For the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection + Archives email or call 312.899.7486. Check out more information about access here.

Information Literacy

Information Literacy is defined by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU) as, "the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand."

See our guide for incorporating library materials and information literacy ideas into your course and its assignments: Information Literacy at SAIC

Interlibrary Loan / I-Share

Interlibrary loan services are available to SAIC students enrolled in degree programs, SAIC faculty, and SAIC staff.

Request an item from I-Share

Request an item not located in the Library Search or I-Share

Film/DVD Reservation Information

Find films, DVDs, or streaming video to use in your classroom at Flaxman's Find Videos guide.

One Week Advance Notice for Film and Video
Three Weeks Advance Notice for Rental

Suggest New Titles

Please let us know what you think we should purchase for Flaxman Library collections. Simply fill out our Suggest a New Purchase form and click the submit button. Thank you in advance for your suggestion.