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General Reserve Questions

The following are some of our commonly asked questions about course reserves. If you unable to find the answer to your question, please contact us.

Where is the Reserve Desk in the library?

  • The Reserve Desk is located in the lobby of the library.

How do I view an Electronic Course Reserve?

  • To view any of the electronic course reserves, you will need a specific viewer. Click here for links to the viewers.

How do I place material on reserve at the library?

  • A reserve request form must be completed for course materials to be placed on reserve. The form is available online.
  • At the end of each term, all materials will be taken off of Reserve. Instructors should seek permission for repeated use of the same copyrighted reserve material. Personal materials that are not picked up by the instructor will be returned to the instructor through campus mail.
  • Electronic materials will be unavailable after the last day of finals at the end of each term.

How long can students borrow reserve material?

  • Items may be placed on reserve for a loan period of either one (1) hour, 24 hours, three (3) days, or one (1) week.
  • One (1) hour reserve material must not leave the library.

When should I place my reserve requests?

  • Reserve lists for each semester should be submitted as early as possible. The Reserve Staff prefers to receive requests well in advance of the first class meeting of the semester.
  • Reserves can be added at any time during the semester.

May I put my own material on reserve (books, exams, course notes, PowerPoint presentations, etc.?)

  • Yes. Personal copies of books, exams, course notes, etc. may be placed on reserve. Journal articles must meet the guidelines regarding copyright.

May I place course packs on reserve?

  • Yes, only one (1) copy of a commercially-produced course pack may be placed on traditional reserve (not electronic). The course pack must be for the current semester only and produced under the guidelines of current copyright law. Course packs from previous semesters will not be placed on reserve unless copyright permission has been extended.

Where can I get a listing of materials on reserve?

  • The library Reserve listings are now integrated into the Voyager database. In order to find the materials you are looking for, go to the Library Catalog and click on the "Course Reserve" icon. You may search the Reserve holdings by course number, instructor name, or department.

What are the copyright limitations?

  • Books
    • Only one (1) chapter from a book may be placed on reserve unless the instructor received the copyright holder's written permission and acknowledged receipt when submitting materials to reserve. This applies to edited collections of readings and essays, because each reading is considered a chapter.
  • Journals and Newspapers
    • Only one (1) article and not more than 25% of the content of an issue of one journal may be placed on reserve unless the instructor received the copyright holder's written permission and acknowledged receipt when submitting materials to reserve. Newspapers are treated the same as journals.
    • The exception are articles available through the Library's subscription-based databases, which have no licensing restrictions.
  • US Government Publications
    • Most government publications are in the public domain, i.e., they are not copyrighted, allowing unlimited use and reproduction.
  • Course packs
    • Only one (1) copy of a commercially-produced course pack may be placed on reserve. The course pack must be for the current semester only and produced under the guidelines of current copyright law. Course packs from previous semesters will not be placed on reserve unless copyright permission has been extended.

If you still need assistance, contact the Reserve Department or one of our

Subject Specialists

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