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.
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 instructor must complete a request form citing each item that is to be placed on reserve in the library. Complete the following form and submit any instructor-owned copies in person to the circulation desk.
How many copies may be placed on reserve?
Faculty may submit multiple copies of each item for larger classes. 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?
How long can materials be placed on reserve?
Most materials can be placed on reserve for multiple semesters if the use is deemed fair by the circulation staff. Electronic reserves will only be uploaded for the semesters in which the associated class will be taught.
While providing course reserves, the library complies with copyright law. For more information about the copyright at the University of Michigan please see the following resources from the UM-AA Copyright Office and the U.S. Copyright Office.
Fair use is a limitation on the rights of the copyright holder that allows others to use portions of a copyrighted work or the whole work without permission from the holder (Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act). It is determined by a balanced application of the four factors set forth in the statute:
The library also consults the Association of Research Libraries Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries (2012).
Instructors who want to use copyrighted material as additional reading or viewing material, should determine whether their use is fair before posting or uploading items to their online courses or submitting additional readings for course reserve. Not all educational use is fair use.
The library has created a Fair Use Checklist to help faculty work through their use of copyrighted works. All materials submitted for library course reserves, especially e-reserves, will be assessed for Fair Use.
Additional information can be found through the UM-AA Copyright Office. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Liz Svoboda, Head of Circulation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.