Course Reserves Guidelines

Requests and Availability

Reserve requests are filled in the order received. Items will generally become available within three business days during non-peak times. This process may take significantly longer during the first few weeks of the semester due to the high volume of requests.

Course reserves do not "roll over" between semesters. A new request is required each term to confirm that the instructor still wants the item on reserve and that it continues to fall within fair use. Items without current requests, will be returned to their owners or to the stacks.

Copyright and Fair Use

The Pollak Library cannot provide copyright clearance at this time, so all items on reserve must fall within fair use exemptions to applicable copyright law. Requests which violate copyright will be rejected.

What is acceptable?

  • items from the Library's collections (books, DVDs, etc.)
  • items personally owned by the instructor
  • copies of materials created by the instructor (homework assignments, sample exams, etc.)
  • short clips of audiovisual media intended as samples
  • government publications.

What is not acceptable?

  • course packs or readers
  • promotional/consideration copies of textbooks
  • complete or substantial reproductions of works outside the public domain (without consent of the copyright holder)
  • materials owned by other libraries.
  • ILLiad materials.


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TITANium Block

Though not currently required, instructors are recommended to link Course reserves to their TITANium courses. This process will allow more effective access to reserve lists for students and provides instructors with another access point for the Course Reserves Request form.