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Copyright, Fair Use, and Course Reserves

Guide to assist faculty with copyright compliance and determine fair use in academia

Physical Reserves

Physical Reserves Policy

Reserve requests may take up to 3 weekdays (72 hours) to process. It is preferable that faculty bring the material to the library Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. when the Reserve staff is on duty. Items received in the evenings or on weekends will be held for the Reserve staff to process the next business day.

Physical Reserves include library books, DVDs, and personal items provided by faculty members (all materials must be lawfully acquired due to copyright restrictions).

The following items may not be placed on Physical Reserve:

  • Non-circulating library items such as those located in Reference, Special Collections, Archives, and Faculty and Alumni Authors. 
  • Periodicals.
  • Items owned by another library either obtained through interlibrary loan or borrowed by the faculty.
  • DVDs rented from a business.
  • Any item that would violate Copyright infringement or the guidelines of Fair Use.

To submit a Physical Reserve request, faculty can either complete a Physical Course Reserve Form, print it, and submit to the library's Circulation Desk, or send the requests via email to

Faculty must bring library-owned books and personal items to the circulation desk, where they can complete a paper form. Alternatively, faculty can complete an online form, available below. DVDs and CDs kept behind the Circulation desk will be pulled by the staff and matched with a form. If a library item is currently checked out, a recall will be sent to the patron for its return. When returned, the faculty will be notified and a completed form will be matched to it. 

Reserve Request Form