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How to place materials on (in-library) reserve

Fill out online Request Form or come to the library.

  • Please include all information on form
  • Reading lists may be sent separately as an email attachment, but the professor will still need to supply copies of the source pages.
  • Each item must be identified by a complete citation:
    • Author
    • Title
    • Item Title (if appropriate)
    • Date of Publication (including month and year, if appropriate)
    • Volume, issue, page numbers (if appropriate)
  • We would prefer a copy of the title page for each item
  • Requests lacking any of this information will take longer to process, pending citation verification.
  • During peak periods processing may take up to a week, so please plan accordingly.

Appropriate types of materials for paper (in-library) reserve

  • Library books
  • Personal books
  • Journal article
  • Book chapter (single chapter or 10 percent, whichever is LESS)
  • Test files, lecture notes, solution files as created by instructor
  • Student papers, with written permission of student author


  • Multiple chapters from the same book
  • More than two articles from the same issue of a journal
  • Materials not in compliance with the copyright law
  • Commercially produced workbooks or instruction manuals with answer keys, or similar products that are excluded from the principles of Fair Use as designated by copyright law
  • Student papers without written permission of the student author
  • Materials lacking bibliographic citations or copies of the title page
  • Materials borrowed from other libraries

Successive use

  • Materials can be used for one semester under provisions of the Fair Use sections of the copyright law. Subsequent use requires that the library purchase rights to re-use the item. In the event that these rights are denied or deemed to be beyond reasonable costs, the library will remove the item from reserve and contact the professor about securing different readings.