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Placing Materials on Reserve

Placing Materials on Reserve

At the request of a faculty member, the Library will place certain course readings on short-term loan to ensure that students have equitable access to limited materials.

Course reserves may include:

  • Library or personally owned books
  • Lecture notes, assignments or exam answers
  • AV formats such as CDs, DVDs, and videos
  • Links to e-journal articles (Library staff will create persistent links for you)
  • Photocopies of readings provided that they fall within the University’s Fair Dealing Guidelines.

Loan periods:

  • 2 Hours in Library use only
  • Overnight: (due at noon the next day) 
  • 3 Days

Requesting materials:

A reserve request form must be filled out for each class. This may be done online or at the Library Help Desk.  Requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis and should be made no later than 2 weeks prior to the commencement of session. Later submissions are always accepted but please allow at least 2 days turnaround time for staff to process the materials for Reserve. 

If library materials you wish to place on reserve are checked out, you or Circulation staff can place a recall on them.

End of Semester Removal of Reserves

Items will be removed from reserve at the end of the semester unless otherwise specified.  Personal books and photocopies must be picked up from the Library Help Desk.


Photocopies of readings can be placed on reserve provided that they fall within the University’s Fair Dealing Guidelines.  They may include:

  • up to 10% of a copyright-protected work (including a literary work, musical score, sound recording, and an audiovisual work)
  • one chapter from a book
  • a single article from a periodical
  • an entire artistic work (including a painting, print, photograph, diagram, drawing, map, chart, and plan) from a copyright-protected work containing other artistic works
  • an entire newspaper article or page
  • an entire single poem or musical score from a copyright-protected work containing other poems or musical scores
  • an entire entry from an encyclopedia, annotated bibliography, dictionary or similar reference work"

A full citation is required on all photocopied materials.  All photocopies will be held in separate file folders.

For assistance contact the University Library, User Services: Library:
Phone 306-585-5495