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Course Reserves

The primary purpose of course reserves is to make limited supplies of library and faculty owned materials available to students.  Course reserves are treated as an extension of classroom copying under Section 107 of the copyright code, and as such must conform to fair use principles.

All materials submitted by a faculty member must support course-related teaching, scholarship, or research and must be, or originate from, a lawfully obtained copy.  In order to place an item on reserve, faculty members must complete the Course Reserve Form online ( or by obtaining a paper copy at the Public Services Desk.   Please allow 24 hours for materials to be placed on reserve.  


Library Collections

Books, DVDs, and CDs from the library’s collection may be placed on course reserve at the request of a faculty member.  Journals and reference materials are not accepted. Photocopied articles from library-owned journals may be placed on reserve, subject to fair use principles. ( Copyright Compliance – Fair Use)


Other Materials

Faculty members’ personal copies of books and lawfully-acquired DVDs and CDs may be placed on course reserve.  Lawfully-acquired media materials are, in general, purchased originals; copies are not considered lawful for the purpose of the course reserve shelf.

Faculty-owned journals may be placed on the course reserve shelf in their entirety (issue).

Items that are not acceptable include (but are not limited to)

  • interlibrary loaned materials

  • workbooks, worksheets, and other consumables 

  • books, DVDs, CDs, or videotapes belonging to other libraries or video rental stores

  • videotapes, DVDs, or other copies made from cable and/or satellite broadcasts

  • unauthorized copies of videotapes, DVDs, CDs, CD software, or MP3 files


Removing an Item from Course Reserves

The Public Services staff will remove all course reserve material at the end of the semester, unless the library is notified in advance that the same course will be offered the following semester. If an item is to be taken off reserve prior to the end of the semester, twenty-four-hour notification is expected, thus allowing the Public Services staff time to de-accession the material from the library system. All items will be returned to the library stacks or to the faculty member. Library staff will notify the faculty member when items have been removed from reserve.  Faculty items can be picked up in person or they can be inter-office mailed to them.  If no response is given, after 2-weeks library staff will send items to faculty offices.

Approved by Committee on Resources, Academic and Library 09/20/2016