“Course Reserves" refers to any print, media, or electronic resources that instructors designate for student use for the duration of a course. Because reference items are non-circulating, these items are not put on reserve.
Course reserve materials are kept behind the circulation desk of the Franklin D. Schurz Library. Items are retrieved by circulation staff upon request. This is not a browsing collection. Print and media reserve items are listed in IUCAT and may be located using instructor name, course number, or course name. To search for materials on course reserve, visit https://iucat.iu.edu/reserves.
All patrons with a valid borrower's card issued by an Indiana University Library may consult these materials. Course reserves have varied loan periods designated by the instructor and may not be renewed. In addition, holds cannot be placed on reserve materials.
Students must present a valid photo ID in order to checkout an item on reserve.
ONE reserve item (book, media item, personal copy) per person may be checked out at a time.
The instructor determines the loan length of each item. The typical circulation period for reserve material is 2 to 4 hours and “in house use only” unless otherwise specified.
Items may not be renewed or put on hold. Any attempt to renew these items through the catalog will fail.
All reserve items must be returned to the circulation desk where the item was checked out. Fines will accrue on overdue items until they have been checked in. Fines vary based on the loan length chosen by the instructor. Information regarding overdue fines for reserve materials is available from the library's Fine Policy.
Course Reserves also includes a small collection of digital media equipment. The digital media equipment is available only to IU South Bend students to borrow. See Media Equipment for a complete list available.
Course Reserves Information
Placing Material on Course Reserves
Faculty may place course-related materials on reserve for students including any combination of the following:
- IU South Bend Libraries Materials– staff will pull materials for reserve from the collection.
- Personal Copies – Personal copies of books and/or other materials may be placed on reserve at the owner’s risk. The Library cannot replace missing items or repair materials that are damaged from student use. Personal copies will be returned at the end of the semester.
Exception: Non-circulating library materials and materials from other libraries, including those borrowed through IUCAT or Interlibrary Loan, cannot be placed on reserve.
If an item is needed for reserve that is not in the collection, a request for purchase can be made through the appropriate Subject Librarian. Items approved for purchase may take several weeks to acquire and make available for circulation.
Course Reserve Request Form
Please use the Course Reserve Request Form to place materials on reserve at the Schurz Library. Faculty are responsible for copyright compliance. For copyright assistance, please contact Vicki Bloom (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the Guide to Copyright and Fair Use.
If you have questions, please contact Barbara Allen (email@example.com). Submitting this form puts your class in the queue to be processed.
The Schurz Library complies with the existing copyright laws (17 U.S.C.) and promotes copyright compliance among its users and among its staff. Assistance will be provided to faculty seeking copyright clearance for reserve items.
In providing access to materials for students, especially online, it is important to remain mindful of copyright issues. Here are some easy steps to take:
Copyrighted materials placed on the web should be access-restricted to authorized users. So, avoid posting these items to your personal websites and instead only use Canvas.
Post a copyright notice
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the use of copyrighted materials including copying and distribution. Fair use (Section 107) allows for limited use of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright owner. Individuals using copyrighted materials in excess of fair use may be liable for copyright infringement.
For more information on copyright and fair use, please see this Libguide.
In the event of a lost or damaged item, the responsible patron must pay the replacement charge. A replacement copy with the same ISBN and in good condition will be considered in place of replacement fees pending review and approval by the owner of the reserve item (faculty or library).
Students will be held accountable for non-returns and late fees. All funds accrued from fees or fines are not transferrable to individuals (for more information, see IU Financial Management policy FIN-TRE-VI-120).
Q: Can the Libraries still help with questions I have about posting copyrighted material?
Q: Where can I get more information about using Canvas?
A: Canvas Help is available online, including step-by-step help and training sessions.
Last reviewed: 03/2020