Course Reserves

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Log in to the Library Course Reserves tool at You can also access this tool via myCourses.

Fair Use

Fair use provisions of the copyright law allow use of copyrighted materials on a limited basis for specific purposes without the permission of the copyright holder. To comply with fair use, the Libraries will generally scan and post no more than 10% or one chapter from a single book (depending on the work), and no more than one article per issue of a journal.

  • If an electronic reserve request complies with fair use, we will upload it to the Library Course Reserves tool.
  • If it does not comply, we will scan and post whatever portion of the book or journal complies with fair use. We will then place a copy of the book or journal on physical reserve so that students may access the rest of the readings at the Libraries.
No. The Libraries will only scan and post a reading if it complies with the "fair use" provisions of the copyright law.
Usually, the answer is "yes." Reserves Staff can create stable, proxied links to online content so that your students may access it off-campus.
We do not recommend duplicating content from the Library Course Reserves tool into other content ares on myCourses. Links to this content are not stable and will break two hours after they are created. Content within the Library Course Reserves tool is also more secure than content within myCourses. This extra security plays an important role in allowing us to post the content according to fair use law.

Scanning for Electronic Reserves

Yes. When you submit your request, be sure to include a complete bibliographic citation, and add a note to indicate you'll be providing a photocopy. Then, just drop the photocopy off at any library service desk.

Photocopies should meet these guidelines:

  • Readings must comply with the "Fair Use" provision Copyright Law
  • Text must be legible
  • Pages should have a margin of at least .25 inches on all sides
  • Pages should be free of dark shadows in the margin or the binding
  • All pages should be included

We will not scan materials that are illegible or incomplete.

  • If the Libraries own a legible copy of the item, we'll attempt to scan that copy.
  • Otherwise, we may ask you to supply an alternate copy.
All scans include the title page, copyright page, and end notes. If you would like us to scan a bibliography, indicate that in the note field of your reserve request.

We scan all materials at 300dpi, and create a searchable PDF file.

  • If the reading contains color or gray content, those pages will be scanned to capture the content in its original state; otherwise all pages are scanned as black & white.
  • We can scan pages as 2UP (two pages side by side).