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Faculty Course Reserve Guide: Course Reserves

How to place items on reserve, checkout times, copyright guidance, and more.

Reserves Forms

The reserves form is required for each book, article, or DVD placed on reserve.

The copyright form is required for each article or book excerpt placed on reserve.

Course Reserves

Course reserves are materials chosen by faculty to support class instruction. Print reserves (books and articles) are maintained at the Cushing Library Access Services desk. Electronic reserves can be linked to from within BlackBoard.

Before placing an item on print or electronic reserves, be sure to read our section on copyright and reserves.

Basic Facts

How to Place Print Reserves (Books, Articles, DVDs, and other "Hard Copy" Items) on Reserve

Complete the Course Reserve Form and bring it in with the item(s) you would like to place on reserve. Additionally, copyright notices are required for all hard-copy articles and book chapters placed on print reserve.

Time for Processing Print Reserve Materials

Materials placed on reserve are processed Monday - Friday. If readings need to be available the first week of classes, the library will need your materials or reserve lists two weeks before classes start. If you cannot meet this deadline, indicate the date each reserve reading is needed (you could give us a syllabus or reading list), and we will attempt to get each one on reserve ahead of the required date. Keep in mind that at the start of the semester (2 weeks before classes start until a month after) processing time for reserves may take up to a week depending on the backlog.

Print Reserve Loan Periods

Print reserves have five possible loan periods:

  • 3-hour
  • 1-day
  • 2-day
  • 3-day
  • 7-day

Fines for Overdue Print Reserves

  • $1.00 per hour for 3-hour loans
  • $5.00 per day for 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, or 7-day loans
  • $5.00 a day for educational tests

Removal from Reserves

To keep the Library in complaince with U.S. copyright law, all course reserve materials are removed from reserves at the end of each term. Faculty-owned materials will be returned by campus mail, and library materials will be reshelved. Items that require being on reserve for concurrent terms must be resubmitted at the beginning of each semester and require written approval from the copyright holder.