Course Reserves

Course Reserves are materials designated by faculty or staff for use by students in a specific course. Students may not place materials on Course Reserve.

Placing Materials on Course Reserves

Plan Ahead

In order to have material available for the first day of class, we need as much time as possible to process requests. Please allow 2 weeks of lead time before the beginning of each semester. During the remainder of the semester, processing time is approximately 2 days. Additional time will be needed if an item must be purchased for Course Reserves.

What Can I Place on Reserve?

Materials are placed on reserve at the Dunbar Library, and include, books, audio-visual material, textbooks, class notes, sample solutions — any physical material you wish to share with your students. Materials for Course Reserves may include personal copies.

Materials may be designated for use only inside the library or to circulate for a limited period of time at the instructor's discretion.

Placing Materials on Reserve

Please deliver personal materials to be placed on course reserve to the Circulation Desk for processing. Library staff will pull materials already held in our collections. For any photocopied documents, include a complete citation on the first page.

Complete the Course Reserves request form to place your request. A paper form is available upon request at the Circulation Desk.

Using Course Reserves in Your Class

Linking to Library Resources in Pilot

Where possible we recommend that any material that is accessed through Pilot should be linked to rather than, for example, embedding a PDF. Every time a student or faculty member uses a link to a library resource it counts as a use of your journal or resource. If you post the PDF, we can count only one use of the article/journal/resource. The library use these usage statistics to help make decisions about journal, database, and resource renewals.

For more information on linking to resources, read our detailed pilot linking instructions.


Fair use guidelines permit limited reproduction of copyrighted works for educational and research purposes. A copy is considered within "fair use" guidelines when the portion used is small in relation to the work as a whole, and there is little impact of the use on the potential market for the copyrighted work. The copyright owner may also grant permission for uses beyond "fair use."

For additional information about copyright, please read University Policy 12010.

Information to Share With Your Students

  • A Wright1 Card or photo ID is needed to borrow reserve materials
  • Reserve fines accrue at the rate of $.50/hour
  • Library-only items may be used in the Group Study Room or any floor 2-4 in the building.

If you have questions about procedures for Course Reserves please contact us via email, or phone us at (937) 775-3941.