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Library Support for Faculty: Reserves

Available support for faculty

Physical Reserves

Faculty can request to place both personal items and items from the Library's collection on phsyical reserve.  All personal items on phyiscal reserve will be security tagged and labeled unless otherwise indicated.  To place an item on physical reserve, please use the reserve form.  Complete a new reserve form for each section/class.

Reserve items may include books, DVDs, videos, articles, CDs, or journals/magazines.

Circulation options for in-house reserve include:

  • 3-hour (Library use only)
  • 1-day
  • 3-day

Please allow 5 business days for requests.

Electronic Reserve Policies

We will accept reserve requests for scanning of physical items that are not available in electronic format or ebooks.  We do ensure that our electronic reserve procedures follow course reserve and copyright best practices.  We are unable to digitize entire copyrighted texts. Articles and/or book chapters requested through ILL cannot be placed on reserve.  Each request will be evaluated on the four fair use factors.  For more information on fair use, visit this page:

To place an item on reserve, please use the Electronic Reserve Request Form.  Complete a new reserve form for each section/class.  We  process course material reserve requests as they come in and appreciate your patience.

Reserves policies

Reserve requests will be processed in the order received. 

Reserves staff can retrieve materials from forms submitted electronically. However, processing time may take up to 5 business days. Reserves staff are not responsible for incorrect volumes or editions.  All foreign language material must be selected and brought to the user services desk by the faculty member placing them on reserve.

Reserve lists will be removed at the end of the semester.  Personal items will be returned through campus mail, facility services, or faculty may pick them up at the user services desk. 

Copyright law prohibits the Library from placing items from other libraries on reserve, this includes items obtained through interlibrary loan.

Copyright Act's fair use provision for reserves

The American Library Association (ALA) has endorsed the following standards for sharing copyrighted material through reserves:

  1. The amount of material should be reasonable in relation to the total amount of material assigned for one term of a course, taking into account the nature of the course, its subject matter and level. See 17 U.S.C. § 107(1) and (3).
  2. The number of copies should be reasonable in light of the number of students enrolled, the difficulty and timing of assignments, and the number of other courses which may assign the same materials. See 17 U.S.C. § 107(1) and (3).
  3. The material should contain a notice of copyright. See 17 U.S.C. § 401.
  4. The effect of photocopying the material should not be detrimental to the market for the work. (The library, the institution, or the instructor must legally own a copy of the work.) See 17 U.S.C. § 107(4).

Need to put something on reserve?

Contact me for Print Course Reserves

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Rachael Bolden
User Services Supervisor (Day) & ILL Manager
Washington & Jefferson College
Clark Family Library
60 S. Lincoln Ave.
Washington, PA 15301

Contact me for Electronic Course Reserves

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Carla Valentine Myers
Technical Services Assistant - Serials & Communications
Washington & Jefferson College
Clark Family Library
60 S. Lincoln Street
Washington, PA 15301