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Burke Memorial Library: Faculty Course Reserves

Faculty Reserve Guidelines

Please complete a Reserve Material Request Form for each class (not section) that will be using reserve materials.

  • Please submit your Reserve Material Request Form(s) to the Circulation staff as soon as possible. Although every effort will be made to place items on reserve as quickly as possible, it can take three working days to process materials and make them available to students. This is particularly true when many requests are received at once or at the last minute, when citations are incomplete, or when materials aren’t part of library collections. 
  • You may choose one of four types of reserve—two hour, three hour, three day or seven day. Please indicate whether two hour reserve materials may be checked out overnight. For a different arrangement, please contact the Circulation Supervisor at extension 3882 or 3870. 
  • All materials to be placed on reserve must be brought to the circulation desk at least three working days before the date they are to be made available to students. All items must have the following information attached: 1) name of instructor; 2) course number; 3) name of course; 4) when this item is to be available to students; 5) when this item is to be pulled from the reserve shelf; and 6) item reserve type or loan period. (This gives the circulation department time to create any new records that may be necessary.
  • Library owned materials that may be placed on reserve include all materials that are permitted to be charged to students, as well as some special items. This includes books, government documents, and periodical issues and volumes. Items from special collections or reference may not be put on reserve.
  • Personal items that are put on reserve must have copyright clearance from the publisher, be in the public domain, or otherwise comply with Federal copyright law. Please refer to the copyright compliance guidelines for more complete information.
  • Reserve materials are returned to faculty or to library shelves at the end of each semester. If you wish to retain items on reserve for the following semester and doing so does not violate copyright, please notify the Circulation Supervisor before the end of the semester. Otherwise it will be assumed that they are to be returned to normal circulation.
  • If you’re unsure about copyright regulations when placing materials on reserve, please view the Copyright Guide:

Faculty Reserve Forms

Course Reserve Copyright Statement

One-time use of an article for course reserve purposes is covered under the Fair Use portion of U.S. Copyright Law. When reserving articles for consecutive semesters, faculty are responsible for obtaining permission from the publisher and placing a copy of the permission letter on file at the Library.  Books and other materials will be removed from Course Reserve at the end of each semester.