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Faculty FAQ: Course Reserves

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Note for Fall 2020

Please fill out the course reserve request form completely and submit it at least 2 weeks prior to the date the material is needed for use.  There is limited staff in the building due to COVID-19, our turn around time on reserves requests is expected to be slower then usual. Additionally, due to limitations on staff and library hours, we will not be providing print reserves at this time.  Below is the list of eReserves options that are available.

What are Course Reserves?

Reserves are materials and resources that professors have identified to use for a class. They can be either print or electronic.

  • Print reserves: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brookens Library is not currently offering print reserves.
  • Electronic reserves: Online Reserves include items such as journal articles, ebooks, or digitally scanned book chapters, streaming videos from the library's streaming collection (i.e. Kanopy). These will be linked and made accessible through your Canvas Course Site. Request the item and the library will process it and provide the link into Canvas for your class.
  • Download our Course reserves policy
  • Streaming Media Conversion: Use the Streaming Media Request Form to make requests for converting video on physical media to streaming media for course reserves.

General Questions About Course Reserves

Please use the Course Reserve Form for requesting items to be placed on reserve; both for items in the collection and those that need to be purchased.  

Streaming Media Form: Complete only when requesting to have a DVD/VHS digitized for streaming into your Canvas course.

Reserve requests should be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the date the material is needed for use.

Additional items can be put on reserve anytime during the semester but should be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the date the material is needed for use

Questions or concerns may be addressed to Pamela Scott ( in User Services or Stephen McMinn ( Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications.

Reserve requests should be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the date the material is needed for use to ensure the Library has adequate time to process your request.

We encourage you to submit reserve requests as soon as possible to ensure that material is available to students when they need it.

However, there are a few exceptions:

  • Requests for a large number of materials may be completed in batches, with materials needed for the beginning of the semester scanned or placed on reserve first, followed by other materials.
  • If the library does not own a book and we need to order it, it may take 4-6 weeks for the book to arrive.
  • Around the beginning of the term and after the semester begins, items may take longer to be processed.

Due to copyright restrictions we can only scan 10% or one chapter of a book (depending on the work), or 1 article from a journal issue unless linked to items in the Library Collection. Materials that exceed these limitations can be placed on print reserve at the library.

For detailed information, please see our Guidelines and Procedures for Copyright Compliance in the Use of Library Materials for Course Reserves