Course reserves

Using the Libraries during COVID-19

Though our buildings are currently closed, we are open online and here to help you with teaching, learning, and research.

Find course reserves (students)

Students can find reserve items through their course Canvas page. Reserve materials are in the Library Course Page tab on the left side of the page. For help, review our Frequently Asked Questions on accessing course reserves.

Make course readings available (instructors)

Health Sciences instructors can place course reserves to increase the accessibility of course readings or other materials for access by students in Canvas.

Reserves staff works with instructors to give access to the physical or digital materials they request, including materials not currently owned by the Libraries.

If you are interested in this service, but are affiliated with another college or school, please see the University Libraries Course Reserves page.

Reserves placement process

Use the Course Materials Request Form or email [email protected] to place items on reserve. Find additional details in the online reserve information for faculty and reserves Frequently Asked Questions.

Include the following information when you place a request:

Place reserves

Copyright and fair use for course reserves

Applications of fair use are predicated on the Libraries' General Principles of Fair Use in Education, and require access controls that restrict access to reserve materials to only registered students and their instructors.

Whenever copyrighted works are used for course reserves under the provisions of Fair Use (Section 107), instructors are responsible for the following:

For more details and general conditions for the use of copyrighted works in course reserves see University Libraries' Copyright Standards for Course Reserves.

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