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Course Reserves

This LibGuide will help students and faculty access Course Reserve services and materials.

Deadline Date for Submitting Course Reserve requests


Fall 2020: August 14, 2020

Course reserve processing requests received by the deadline date are guaranteed to be ready for the first week of classes. Requests received after the deadline date may take up to 7 business days for processing. Only e-reserves processing requests will be allowed for fall 2020 semester due to COVID-19 restrictions. No print reserves will be offered.

Placing Material on Course Reserves

Important notice for fall 2020 reserves processing: 

Due to the COVID-19 situation and according to the recommended guidelines from the REALM Project for quarantining library books, the Library is not able to allow print reserves offering books or notebooks for check-out. DVDs will be allowed for the fall 2020 semester. Faculty are strongly encouraged to submit e-reserves processing requests for book chapters and articles. Library staff are able to make 10% or less of a whole book available via e-reserves. Faculty are also encouraged to contact their library liaison in order to find electronic versions of print materials or alternative reading or viewing materials.


Electronic Reserves Guidelines (for articles, book chapters, e-books, streaming video, streaming music)

Faculty can submit electronic reserve requests by sending requests via email to Electronic reserves processing is available for book chapters, articles from bound periodicals, e-books, e-journals, streaming video, streaming music and photocopied material. Faculty can submit items already in electronic format via Electronic format now available for electronic reserves include: pdf, jpg, gif, tiff, doc, ppt, html files and urls.

  • Chapters from books and articles from bound periodicals can be scanned by Reserves staff. There is a 50 page limit per chapter or article.
  • All photocopies must be submitted with complete bibliographic information.
  • Photocopies must meet the following criteria: 8 1/2 x 11 paper, single-sided, legible font, and no staples only paper clips.
  • Once photocopied material has been made available via e-reserves, photocopies will be returned to faculty.
  • For articles from electronic journals, book chapters from e-books, streaming video or streaming music that the library subscribes to, faculty need only to submit a citation - Reserves staff will link to these items.


Reserves lists will be removed at the end of the semester, unless Reserves staff are notified to do otherwise. 

Course Reserve Request Form

Faculty should use the Course Reserve Request form to submit reserve processing requests.

Fair Use Guidelines

To comply with Fair Use guidelines, the following restrictions apply:
  • A copy of only one article from any one journal, one periodical, or one newspaper issue
  • A copy of only one chapter or not more than 10% from the whole book or other monograph
  • A copy of only one poem, short story, or essay from a single volume whether or not from a collected work

Repeated use of reproductions from sources not owned by the Adams Library by the same professor for the same course in subsequent semesters requires that Adams Library either purchase the item or purchase permission from the copyright owner to use the item again. In those instances the Reserve staff will attempt to purchase permission via Copyright Clearance Center.