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Library Support for Faculty: Reserves

Available support for faculty

Physical Reserves

Faculty can request that personal items and/or Library materials be placed on physical reserve.  All personal items on physical reserve will be security tagged and labeled unless otherwise indicated. The Library will attempt to fully secure your items, but we cannot guarantee against or assume responsibility for loss or damage. 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, equipment, 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 requests to scan physical items that are not already available digitally.  If you own the item you will need to supply this to the Library staff for scanning. 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 scanned or placed on reserve.  Each request will be evaluated on the four fair use factors. For more information on fair use, visit the faculty support page on fair use.

To place an item on reserve, please use the Electronic Reserve Request Form.  Complete a new reserve form for each section/class.  Electronic reserves will be added to your Sakai course site by Library staff. Follow these directions to enable staff to access your site. 

Reserves policies

Reserve requests will be processed in the order received. Processing may take up to 5 business days, particularly for requests made during peak times like the beginning of the semester.

Reserves staff are not responsible for incorrect volumes or editions.  All foreign language materials must be selected and brought to the user services desk by the faculty member placing them on reserve.

Reserve items must be owned by the Library or requesting faculty member. Copyright law prohibits the Library from placing items from other libraries on reserve, including items obtained through interlibrary loan. Publisher provided complimentary textbooks may be placed on course reserve unless license agreements or terms of use exclude this.

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 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 Physical 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