Library Services

Information for Students

Course reserves are items (textbooks, course packets, films, articles, etc.) that professors put behind the circulation desk or make available online for the class they are teaching.

Not all classes will have course reserves and the library does not have textbooks for every class. The library does not actively collect textbooks because of their cost and the number and frequency of editions.

To search for course reserves follow the link below and put in your class number, e.g. if you wanted to know what books or articles were on reserve for Sociology 100 you would type in SOC 100.

Information for Faculty

Who May Place Materials on Reserve?

Only class instructors may put materials on reserve for the classes they are teaching in a given semester.

How Do you Place Materials on Reserve?

The faculty member must complete a request form citing each item that is to be placed on Reserve in the library (including hard copy on shelves and digital copy online).

  • Complete the following form and submit in person to the Circulation desk. 
  • “Add To” slips (used when adding additional material to an existing Reserve listing) are available at the Circulation desk.

How Many Copies May be Placed on Reserve?

Faculty may submit up to five (5) copies of each item.  Please note that providing copies (duplicate folders or personal books) is the responsibility of the instructor.  The library is not able to provide photocopy service.

What May be Placed on Reserve?

  • Library Books (from both the Flint and Ann Arbor campuses) - Search Mirlyn (the library catalog to find books and media items)
  • Library Media (from the Flint campus ONLY)
  • Personal copies of books
  • Personal copies of media (provided they are legally purchased copies)
  • Items created by and owned by the course instructor (not published), including:
    • Course syllabi
    • Lecture notes and presentations
    • Links to web sites
    • Practice exams and exercises
    • Media creations
  • Items covered by “Fair Use” copyright exemption, such as:
    • Single journal or magazine article for one semester
    • Book chapter used for semester
    • Art work used for one semester

Copyright Information

While providing course reserves, the library complies with copyright law. For more information about the copyright at the University of Michigan please click the following link.

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