To make required or suggested readings available to your class, you may use electronic reserves (e-reserves), print reserves, or both. Based on patterns of use and to further the interest of sustainability, the Library endorses the use of e-reserves. Media materials may also be put on reserve.

How to place items on reserve

Search our catalog for reserves

Go to the e-reserves website


  1. Sending your syllabus helps us prioritize material so that those items needed first are processed first.
  2. Processing takes 48 hours. Please allow this amount of time before announcing reserves to your classes. Obtaining copyright clearance takes time, so please submit reserves as early as possible.
  3. Copyright law requires full bibliographic information (author, title, publisher or volume and issue, pages, and copyright date).
  4. 24  Pa. C.S.A. Sect 4428 prohibits disclosure of individual circulation information.

Copyright Restrictions

Reserves adhere to fair use guidelines.

Library staff undertake the processing, securing permission and paying all necessary copyright fees. Please allow extra processing time for the items that require clearance, including:

  • More than 1 article or excerpt by an author
  • More than 1 article or excerpt from a book or periodical volume
  • Articles or chapters more than 26 pages in length.

Coursepacks cannot be placed on reserve. All materials will contain a notice of copyright. If the source cannot be identified for copyright purposes, that item cannot be placed on reserve.

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