“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.
We encourage faculty to consider using digital resources, in lieu of placing physical items on reserve in the library. Digital materials provide a safer option in reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission. If you need assistance verifying if digital versions are available, please contact your subject librarian as soon as possible so the resources students need can be procured or licensed in time for fall quarter.
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.
If you have questions, please contact Katherin Plodowski (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. Should you decide to scan course materials yourself to share with your class through Canvas, we encourage you to read these useful articles/guides:
Ultimately, as the instructor for the course, you are in the best position to decide whether your particular use of copyrighted materials is fair and reasonable. If you do post materials to Canvas you may want to:
Copyrighted materials placed on the web should be 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.
Films Please see our guide for showing films in your courses.
We will make every attempt to secure needed eBooks for course reserves. However, we may face limitations with budget and eBook availability.
Portions of print books may be scanned during public health emergencies, live COVID-19. Please use the course reserve form to request scanned sections of print books. More information about scanning print resources is listed under Articles and Book Chapters (below).
Articles and Book Chapters
For assigned articles and book chapters, Subject Librarians can search for online availability through library subscriptions and provide you with a permanent link to embed in Canvas.
Uploading pdfs obtained from subscription databases is discouraged because it raises copyright issues and reduces the library’s ability to track much needed usage statistics. More importantly, some library resources are leased for a limited duration and may disappear before the course is over. That’s why we ask you to keep us informed of which resources you are using for your courses ahead of time.
You also can request print articles and book chapters from our library be scanned for use in Canvas. These PDFs are text-searchable for use with screen-reading software. To comply with fair use and copyright guidelines, we ask that you:
Limit your requests to the portions of a given work needed for full participation in the course.
Only distribute these scans to students using Canvas (or any other system that requires students to login, i.e. Google Drive) to ensure that access is limited to those enrolled in the course.
Thank you to our colleagues at University of Guelph Libraries and Grand Valley State University for sharing their language documenting these challenges. We have adapted it with permission.
As a general policy, the library does not purchase textbooks assigned in courses because the cost to purchase required texts and to keep up with new editions would quickly exceed the library’s collection budget.
Electronic textbooks can be even more problematic, especially for libraries. Many existing course textbooks are simply unavailable to any library, regardless of budget, in formats other than print. Textbook publishers have built their profit models around selling e-textbooks directly to students. We also know that the cost of textbooks and other course materials are a barrier for students at every university and essentially sends taxpayer funded student financial aid back to content providers, who further exploit faculty labor and research to monopolize and dominate knowledge production.
This is not a library problem. This industry problem affects everyone in higher education: students, advocates in support and success roles, faculty and institutional research output, grant funding, and confuses prestige and paywalls with quality in scholarship evaluation.
We would like to work with you to explore and identify viable textbook alternatives including:
Using an existing e-book in the relevant subject area from the library’s e-book collection or requesting that the library purchase one. Many academic e-books aren’t considered textbooks, and are therefore available for the library to purchase.
Adopting an open educational resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors.
Posting individual book chapters or excerpts and scanned copies of the content, subject to copyright limitations.
Linking to content from the library’s existing collection of electronic resources (e-books, journal articles, streaming media, and other digital materials).
Efforts will be made to secure online materials that are free from digital rights management restrictions (DRM) in order to ensure unfettered student access. DRM includes limits on the number of users that can access a resource at any one time, as well as limits on copying, printing and downloading.
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?