Course Reserves Policies
Placing books on reserve
All requests to place items on reserve must be submitted through Moodle.
Please see the guide for placing items on physical reserve (books, DVDs, Blu-rays, 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.
If the Library does not own an item, you can place a request to purchase the item from within the Library Reserves block in Moodle.
To request that the Library buy an item to add to the general collection (i.e.you will NOT place this item on reserve for your classes), please contact your subject liaison.
Making resources available electronically in Moodle
We recommend that you link to course materials obtained from a website or a subscription database directly in Moodle.
For more details about working with resources in Moodle, please see the Moodle Faculty Resources page, particularly the directions for linking to journal articles from the Library databases (EZProxy). You may also work with your subject liaison in order to locate electronic versions of your course materials.
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 three large, touch-screen book scanners for faculty and student use. You can scan a document to PDF, Searchable PDF, Word, JPEG, or TIFF format and email the file to your Purchase email account or save it to a USB flash drive. You can then make the file available in Moodle for your students.
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.
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.
U.S. Copyright Law
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.