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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


Summer session II 2020: June 22, 2020

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.

Placing Material on Course Reserves

Faculty are strongly encouraged to submit course reserve requests several weeks prior to each semester in order to allow time for ordering materials for reserve and for processing. The Reserves staff posts the Reserves deadline date on the Course Reserves page for faculty reference. All reserve requests received by the deadline are ready for the first week of classes. Reserves requests submitted after the deadline are processed in order of receipt and may take up to 7 business days for processing.

Print Reserves Guidelines (for books, DVDs and CDs)

  • Faculty can submit reserves requests for books, films and CDs by sending requests via email to; or in person at the Borrowing Services Desk.
  • Materials placed on reserve should be required or high demand readings for specific courses.
  • Items from other libraries can not be placed on Reserves here.
  • Select a reserve loan period to best meet the needs of the students. Only 1 selection is allowed per reserve list.


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.