Course reserves are managed by the Access Services department. We provide two reserve management options

  • Print reserves – books, media and  photocopies
  • Electronic reserves (Ares) – full-text journal articles, links to streaming media and Microsoft Office documents

Please allow up to 2 weeks for processing for all reserve materials.

What should you bring with you to the library for reserve requests?

Print Reserves
  • Syllabus/Class Assignment page
  • List of library materials you want added
  • Any personal items (books, media and photocopies) to add to your list
Electronic Reserves
  • Syllabus/Class Assignment page
  • Original sources for readings
  • If bringing the reading in photocopy format, we need the Title and Copyright pages
  • Any citations for journal articles
For more information, please contact:

Amy Francis, Access Services Associate
The Desk

For Subjects:

  • American Studies 
  • Anthropology 
  • Applied Learning 
  • Arabic  
  • Art History 
  • Arts Administration 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Biology 
  • Business Administration 
  • Chemistry 
  • Chinese 
  • Communication 
  • Computer Science 
  • Criminology 
  • Dance 
  • Data Analytics 
  • Data Science 
  • Digital Media Production 
  • Economics 
  • Education 
  • English 
  • Environmental Sciences & Studies 
  • French 
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies 
  • German 
  • Graphic Design 
  • Health Science 
  • Healthcare Administration 
  • History 
  • Italian 
  • Latin 
  • Music 
  • Spanish 
  • Studio Arts 
  • Theatre Arts 
  • Visual & Performing Arts 

Jennifer Connelly, Access Services Associate
The Desk

For Subjects:

  • Honors 
  • Integrated Meditated Communications 
  • Interdisciplinary 
  • Irish Studies 
  • Journalism 
  • Learning Community 
  • Mathematics 
  • Military science 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Philosophy 
  • Photonics 
  • Physics 
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology 
  • Religious Studies & Theology  
  • Sociology 
  • Speech & Language Pathology 
  • Sports Commerce and Culture 
  • Writing

To order materials that the library does not own for either print or electronic reserves, please email

Copyright for Reserves

Paper and hard copy reserves:

The library will put books, videos, sound recordings and articles on reserve, following fair use guidelines. When it is determined that a reserve request exceeds fair use, the library will seek permission from the copyright owner.


The library follows the fair use guidelines for electronic reserves and requests permission from the copyright owner if putting the item on reserve would exceed fair use.

(a) Faculty should provide hard copy or full citations and include the original copyright notice and attribution;

(b) For material from books or hard copy journals where no electronic version is owned, we will scan articles or chapters following the fair use guidelines;

(c) We will seek permission if the amount of material being posted would exceed fair use.

(d) The library may refuse to post material if in our judgment it would exceed fair use and we are unable to obtain permission from the copyright holder. In such cases, the library will place the original book, DVD/video or journal on reserve.

Copyright Policy Committee
February 2008

Complete Copyright Guidelines

If you have any questions regarding copyright, please contact the Access Services Department at 508-565-1313.

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