“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 and periodicals are non-circulating, these items are not put on reserve.
- Location and Access
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.
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.
- Digital Media Equipment
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.
- Responsibility for Reserves Collection
Faculty and instructors may place items on reserve for a class. The library staff will pull IU South Bend Library titles requested for reserves, with the exception of reference materials and periodicals. Because reference materials and periodicals are non-circulating, these items are not put on reserve. Titles not available in the library’s collection must be provided by the instructor. The library will not put items belonging to other libraries on reserve. Instructors place personal copies of books or A/V materials on reserve at their own risk. Lost/damaged items cannot be replaced by the library.
Faculty and staff in need of digital equipment are encouraged to contact their department, or to make arrangements through Classroom Technology Services.
Professors, instructors, and graduate assistants may submit a request for an item to be placed on reserve. Submissions for reserves are accepted any time the library is open. Reserves are processed as quickly as possible, typically within 1 business day (Monday – Friday). Requests to place items on Reserve should be submitted using reserve form or in person at the Circulation Desk in the library. Students may not place materials on reserve.
For assistance with electronic reserves using course management systems, please contact Barbara Allen (574-520-4377 or firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Unless other arrangements are made with the Reserves Coordinator, all reserves will be automatically returned to the instructors via campus mail at the end of each semester. If campus addresses are not available, reserves will be delivered to the department secretary. In compliance with copyright, electronic course reserves must be deleted at the end of each semester.
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.
Stephen Finlay, the Scholarly Communication Librarian at the Franklin D. Schurz Library, is available for copyright consultations. He also gives a copyright and fair use presentation each semester at UCET.
- Lost or Damaged materials
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).