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Faculty instructions for course reserve

Access to Course Reserves for Summer semester

Due to the health and safety measures that will be in place during the Summer 2021 semester, physical course reserves will not be available. 


In many cases, the Library can acquire an electronic format (eBook, streaming video, etc.), but in some cases, alternatives may be unavailable or prohibitively expensive. In those cases, the Library will do a fair use assessment to determine if the requested course material can be made available through digitization. As instructors plan summer courses, we encourage you to work with the Library on alternative sources and options by contacting us at  

How to get course reserve service

What can be put on course reserves?

Books, Media, Physical Materials

  • Books, DVDs, CDs, and other physical materials provided by the instructor or by the library from its collections can be reserved for use in the library. Personally owned material must be original, not copies.
  • The library can provide a link for your D2L course to instructions for students on how to find and borrow course reserves material in the library.


  • Digital files (PDF preferred,;Microsoft Word, PowerPoint)
    • Selections from books or journals that meet copyright guidelines for "fair use"
    • Instructor-prepared items such as sample exams, quizzes, lecture notes, homework assignments
  • Links to articles, eBooks, licensed streaming media available online
  • The library can convert documents to digital format (scan to PDF), provide links to items available online, and help locate and license streaming media for course reserve use.

What cannot be put on course reserves?

  • Interlibrary loan materials
  • Reference books (library-owned)
  • Bound or single issues of journals
  • Course packs

Required, Suggested, Recommended

Consider limiting course reserves lists to required readings. Suggested or recommended items are used infrequently. Students benefit more from the regular 4-week loan of suggested books from the general collection.  

How long does it take to get items on course reserve?

  • Allow at least one week before assigning the material to students.
  • Processing time varies depending on the volume of requests and availability of materials. Request volume is high at the beginning of each semester and recalling items out on loan can take longer than a week.
  • Lists are processed in the order in which they are received.

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Request Course Reserves Service

  • Complete and submit a Sherrod Library Course Reserve Form at least one week before assigning the material to students.
  • Please limit the list to 20 items at most. Contact us if this is a concern.
  • Please include any personally owned items with the Library Course Reserve Form. You can bring them to the library Ask Us desk on the first floor (best if lead time is short) or request pickup (BucBooks service available T W F 2-4 pm). 
  • If everything on your list is library owned you can email your list to