Faculty Course Reserves Policy

The University Library makes reserve materials available in two formats:

  • Traditional reserve in hardcopy available at the Circulation Desk and
  • Electronic reserves (E-Reserves) that are accessible through the Faculty members’ individual Angel courses.

Requests are processed in the order received. Faculty must allow up to 3 days for requests to be processed. At the beginning of the semester, due to increased demand, it may take longer than 3 days to process requests. All items to be placed on Reserve or E-Reserve must be turned in to the library for posting with a complete citation. All print items should be sent on letter-size (8 ½ x 11) paper without underlining, highlighting or notes. In addition to providing a complete citation, materials must adhere to copyright guidelines for the posting of course reserves. The library retains the right to deny any reserve request that is submitted without a reserve request form or for which the citation is inaccurate or incomplete.

To submit reserve requests online, access request forms at: Use the article reserve request form for journal articles and the book request form for books, or VHS/DVD/CD material. Faculty can also place reserve requests in person in the Library at the Circulation Desk. A course syllabus should be submitted with all reserve requests.

Please be Advised

The library will not be responsible for loss or damage to personal items placed on reserve by Georgian Court University instructors. Instructors who wish to place a student paper or other unpublished work on reserve must include written consent from the author before the work will be posted. All materials will be removed at the end of each semester. Materials used for reserves are not retained by the library. Personal or department materials will be returned at the end of each semester.


When librarians review documents submitted for Reserves they will be considering the four factors of Fair Use as provided by Copyright Law (Title 17, Section 107):

  • Purpose of the Use
  • Nature of the Work
  • Amount of the Work
  • Effect on the Market for the Original

The library will deny any reserve request it deems to exceed current fair-use standards.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies of other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation would involve violation of copyright law.


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