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Instructors will often place class materials on reserve at the library (stored behind the Circulation Desk). Students may search the Libraries’ catalog to look up the status and availability of reserve items and request items from the Circulation Desk staff.

Faculty: Course Reserve Forms

Faculty should submit materials with forms below to the library circulation desk. You can fill out the course reserve form online or print a paper copy and bring to the library circulation desk.

Library Course Reserve Online Form – Fill out online

Library Course Reserve Form – Print and return to the circulation desk

Standard Reserves

Faculty may place required or recommended class materials, including articles, books, book chapters, exams, and videos, on reserve in the library.  These materials are available to students for a brief loan period.

An alternative to placing journal articles on reserve in the library is to create persistent links to electronic content in your Moodle class. Click here to find out more about persistent linking.

The library follows copyright guidelines when placing material on reserve for faculty.  Basic guidelines are listed below, for additional information please refer to the Copyright and Fair Use:  Frequently Asked Questions.

To submit a reserve request, please fill out a reserve request form and provide this form, along with the reserve material to the circulation staff.  You may download a reserve request form or pick one up at the Circulation Desk in the library. Students will be able to search the library catalog for reserve material kept in the library.

Copyright Basic Guidelines

USC Title 17 (Copyrights), sections 107 and 108, provide a framework for educational institutions in fair use and allowable reproduction of copyright material. The four main conditions that allow libraries to provide reserves to a student population are:

  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; and
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

(U.S. Code, Title 17, Section 107)

For a more complete explanation regarding copyright and “fair use” please refer to the Copyright and Fair Use:  Frequently Asked Questions.

Additional Copyright Resources:

US Copyright Office