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Electronic Reserves -- Faculty Information

Electronic Reserves is an extension of traditional library reserves and provides an avenue for students to access reserves material electronically through the Library Catalog.

What materials and formats are appropriate for E-Reserves?

Print materials such as class notes, exams, problem sets, and journal articles or book chapters which are subject to fair use principles in the copyright law, can be scanned by Library staff for E-Reserves.

Allow 4 weekdays for the Library to process the reserve materials before notifying your students. If there is a special need to have the items on reserve sooner, please talk to the reserves staff member.

How do you prepare your material for submission to E-Reserves?

Complete a Reserve Request Form, available via the Web or in any campus library.
  • Provide the complete citation for each item;
  • Provide information identifying the instructor and the course;
  • Identify which material is to be placed on Print Reserve and which is to be placed in E-Reserves.
  • (Note: At least one copy will always be kept in the Print Reserves whenever possible.)
  • Print material
    • Provide the cleanest possible copy to be scanned;
    • Whenever possible, documents should be broken down into short segments to speed up downloading and printing time.
  • Digital / electronic material
    • Class notes, exams, etc., may be submitted as electronic documents attached to email or on disks. (MS Word documents are preferred.)

How will my students gain access to the electronic materials?

Electronic Reserves material can be found, viewed, and printed through the Library Catalog. The student can search for the material by faculty name or by course number.

How does copyright and fair use apply to E-Reserves?

Electronic Reserves is an extension of traditional library reserves and is managed in accordance with fair use exclusions and the rights of copyright holders as embodied in the current copyright law. We will not place materials on electronic reserves without permission of the copyright holder if the nature, scope, or extent of copying exceeds the reasonable limits of fair use. See Copyright Guidelines.