Coursepacks (occasionally referred to as "Course Readers") are defined as collected anthologies of individually published material (usually journal articles and individual chapters from larger works) collected for use in a single course.  Traditionally coursepacks have been copied and made available through the Book Shop similar to monographs.  Before a coursepack can be created, copyright permission must be obtained and fees paid either through the copyright owner (usually the publisher) or a vendor, such as the Copyright Clearance Center. Each item in the packet must have copyright permission.  Copyright fees are paid through the coursepack purchase price.  

Questions may be directed to the Director of the Luther Book Shop. If faculty wish to independently request copyright permissions, those may be made online using at Some basic guidelines for creating coursepacks and customized anthologies are as follows:

  • Every chapter and article in a coursepack, if taken from copyrighted material, requires permission from the copyright holder.
  • Each item in the coursepack must include a note of copyright.
  • Permission needs to be requested for each semester in which the coursepack is used.
    • A Copyright Clearance Declaration form must be filled and given to Book Shop staff for each item