Course Reserves Policies
Placing items on physical reserve
All requests to place items on physical reserve must be submitted through Moodle.
Please see the guide for placing items on physical reserve (books, DVDs, CDs, LPs, etc.)
Note: In order to comply with copyright laws, the Library will not hold or reserve films that are not originals (i.e. copies). If you need assistance locating texts, media, or other original materials, please Ask a Librarian.
To request that the Library purchase an item to add to the general collection, please contact your subject liaison.
Placing items on electronic reserve
Material obtained from a website or a subscription database can be linked directly to your Moodle course.
For more details about working with resources in Moodle, please see the Moodle 2 Faculty Resources page, particularly the directions for linking to journal articles from the Library databases (EZProxy).
When you add electronic articles to Moodle, we recommend that you link to the articles in our databases whenever possible in order to comply with copyright and accessibility standards. If you are linking to library subscription content (i.e. an article in a database), you may need to use the ezproxy prefix in the URL to ensure your students can access the content from off-campus.
If you need to scan a book chapter, article, or other item that is not available digitally, librarians can assist you with using the Library's scanning equipment.
The Library has two large, touch-screen book scanners, located in the Reference Area, that are available for faculty and student use. You scan to PDF, Word, JPEG, or TIFF and email the file to your Purchase email account, send it to Google Docs, or save it to a USB flash drive. You can then make the file available to your students on Moodle.
If you would like to make a book chapter available, keep in mind that fair use law restricts the amount of a work you may scan or copy. If you are requiring students to read more than 20% of a book, we recommend that you place the entire book on physical reserve.
Accessing Reserves Network Share:
To access previously scanned content from the old ERES system (i.e. before Moodle), login with your Purchase username and password at: https://faculty.purchase.edu/reserves/.
For a more searchable view of the Reserves Network Share, you can map to the network drive instead of accessing the reserves network share through your browser. On a Mac you would use "Connect to Server" and go to smb://vsapp08/reserves. On Windows you would go to "Windows Explorer > Network and copy and paste \\vsapp08\reserves into the Network address bar. With the drive mapped, you can use the "Search Reserves" bar to locate files from the different faculty folders. Please note: this search is very rudimentary because the Reserves Network Share is merely a repository, not a database.
Before reusing one of the PDFs in the Reserves Network Share, please consider that many of these scans are low quality and large in size. Many of these files are not ADA compliant (i.e. they don't work with screen readers). It's likely you could find a better version in our databases or create a cleaner PDF using the library's scanners. Please contact your subject liaision librarian if you need help.
Requests are processed in the order that they are submitted.
If the item is in our collection, please allow up to two (2) weeks for processing.
If the item is not in our collection, you may request that we purchase the item. Please note, it can take up to eight (8) weeks to process a new addition to the collection and place the item on reserve. (In some cases it can take longer depending on how difficult the item is to obtain.)
If you are requesting that your personal copy of a book be placed on physical reserve, please allow up to two (2) weeks for processing.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in this law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.