Reserves Info for Faculty

How to Submit Reserves Requests

Instructors may use the Course Reserve Form to place requests. You may upload your syllabus / reading list through the form or enter indivdual items.

In the library catalog, look for the "Request Course Reserve" button, which will send the book information to our reserves form.

Linking to Your Course Reserves

A link to reserves items will be provided to you to post in Blackboard or share with students.

In some cases, the reserves link for the course will be assigned a password by the Libraries. This extra security is due to copyright fees paid for some items, based on the number of students enrolled in your class.

Electronic Items Available through the Libraries

Whenever possible, reserves staff will create links to journal articles, books and book chapters, and other documents, rather than storing a PDF copy online.

Students who are logged into Blackboard should already be authenticated to library materials. The Libraries create Athenized links to materials to authenticate off-campus users.

Links and library subscriptions change! Instructors who are copying over a Blackboard class from one semester to another are encouraged to check links each semester.

Streaming Media

The Libraries subscribe to a number of streaming media services. We are also happy to work with you to license films for your course.

Note that often streaming films are licensed for a limited time period; they must be repurchased every semester.

Questions about obtaining video for your class? Contact our Multimedia Department at

Items Not Owned by the Libraries

The University Libraries will make every effort to rush order materials not available in our current collection that are essential for course assignments.

Materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan Service may not be placed on course reserve. An article ordered through Interlibrary Loan is for personal use only. If an instructor wishes to share an article obtained through Interlibrary Loan with a class, then copyright permission is required. Instructors may contact course reserve staff for assistance in obtaining permission from Copyright Clearance Center if it is available.

Personal items, such as books, DVDs, and CDs, may also be placed on course reserve within the University Libraries. All personal items placed on course reserve must be retrieved by the instructor at the end of the semester. A library reserves staff will make one attempt to contact the instructor at the conclusion of the class; however, if the items are not retrieved within 60-days after the end of the semester, they will be donated to the library's collection.

Submission Deadlines

Materials are processed on a first-come, first-processed basis. Materials requiring special handling such as purchase or copyright approval may take additional time. Expect delays during high volume periods such as at the beginning of the semester.

Course Reserves Locations and Contacts

Mullins Library Help Desk

books, articles, electronic reserves

Mullins Library 222A

Multimedia Services

scores, books, music, videos

Lindley and Kaneaster Hodges, Jr. Reading Room in Mullins Library

Fine Arts Library

books, articles, electronic reserves

Fine Arts Building Room 104

Chemistry and Biochemistry Library

books, articles, electronic reserves

Chemistry Building Room 225

Physics Library

books, articles, electronic reserves

Physics Building Room 221

Loan Periods

Materials may be placed on reserve with the following loan periods:

Materials are routinely removed at the end of a course, the end of the semester, of after a specified date. They will stay on reserve for the current semester only otherwise indicated. Upon removal from course reserve, personal materials will be returned to the instructor.

The University Libraries Course Reserves Service operates in compliance with U.S. Copyright Law. Instructors are asked to accept full responsibility in complying with the provisions of the Copyright Revision Act of 1976 that governs the fair use of copyrighted objects for educational purposes.

The University Libraries Course Reserves Service provides access to supplementary course materials in support of the University's academic mission and operates in compliance with U.S. Copyright Law.

Instructors are asked to accept full responsibility in complying with the provisions of the Copyright Revision Act of 1976 that governs the "fair use" of copyrighted objects for educational purposes. There are four factors to consider when determining fair use:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

Submitting a Reserve Request form indicates acceptance of the conditions in the statement of copyright compliance that accompanies the form.

The library will not place materials on reserve if it judges that the nature, scope, or extent of the material is beyond the reasonable limits of fair use.

Fair Use Guidelines

The Libraries will not place material on electronic reserve if it is judged that the purpose, nature, and the effect of a reserve request is beyond the reasonable limit of fair use. Please view the Libraries' Reserves Decision Tree.

Purpose and Character of Use

The Libraries will place materials on reserve only for non-commercial, educational use.

Patrons may use reserve materials for private study, personal reading, research, or for completing class assignments. The Libraries will not charge a fee to patrons for using the reserve materials.

Amount and Substantiality

Only a small portion of a copyrighted work may be accepted for electronic reserves without obtaining copyright permission.

Materials that the Libraries deem to exceed those limits will not be placed on reserve until written permission has been obtained from the copyright holder.

Copyright Notice

Each reserve item must include a copyright notice from the publication to inform users that the work may be protected by copyright law.

Attribution and Citation

All materials submitted for electronic reserve must include appropriate citations and attributions to the source from which they were reproduced.

Course Packs

Course packets sold through the bookstore that are intended for use as textbooks may not be accepted for electronic reserve unless copyright permission has been obtained for each item.

Course Passwords and Access

Access to selected electronic reserve materials is limited to the instructor(s) and to the students enrolled in the course. A new reserves request form must be submitted for each semester.

Recurring Reserve Items

All materials on electronic reserve will be removed at the end of the course.

Obtaining Copyright Permission

The University Libraries will contact rights holders on your behalf. Obtaining copyright permissions can be lengthy, we ask that you please have patience as we work toward processing requests.