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Library Support for Faculty: Reserves

Available support for faculty

In-house reserves

Faculty can request to place both personal items and items from the Library's collection on reserve.  All personal items on reserve will be security tagged and labeled unless otherwise indicated.  To place an item on reserve, please use the in-house 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 48 hours for requests submitted electronically.

Reserves policies

Reserves will be processed and available within 24 hours from when the in-house course reserve request form is received. (Friday and Saturday submissions will be processed on Sunday after 6:00pm.) To expedite processing time, please bring the items to the user services desk when submitting the form.

Reserves staff can retrieve materials if an in-house reserve form is submitted electronically. However, processing time may take up to 48 hours. 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.

Requests will be processed in the order received. 

Reserve lists will be removed at the end of the semester.  Faculty will receive an electronic report indicating usage during 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.


Copyright Act's fair use provision for in-house reserves

The American Library Association (ALA) has endorsed the following standards for sharing copyrighted material through in-house 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).

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Jayne Silfee
User Services Supervisor (Night) & Office Manager
Washington & Jefferson College
Clark Family Library
60 S. Lincoln Ave.
Washington, PA 15301