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Checking Things Out: Course Reserves - Faculty Information

Everything you need to know when checking out books, laptops, movies, or anything else from the Galvin Library.

Course Reserves Information for Instructors

  • Faculty may place materials on Reserve to allow students maximum access to a specific work.
  • Reserve materials may be from the library's collection, or may be the instructor's personal copies.
  • Books and videos are common types of items often placed on reserve.

To place library or personal copies of items on the reserve shelf, faculty must:


  • Requests for books from our collection should be placed at least two weeks in advance of the semester.
  • Requests for books to be purchased should be placed at least six weeks in advance of the semester.
  • A departmental or professor's personal copy may be placed on reserve, or donated to the Reserve Collection.


  • Items placed on Reserve must be renewed every semester.
  • Items requiring special instruction, or that faculty wish to place on permanent reserve, should be discussed with library staff.
  • Faculty may designate the borrowing time on materials they submit:
    • 2-Hour Use: The item may be used in the library for a two-hour time period. $5.00/Hour fine.
    • 4-Hour Use: The item may be used in the library for a four-hour time period. $5.00/Hour fine.
    • 3-Day Use: The item may be used in the library for a three-day time period. $5.00/Day fine.

Copyright Notice

  • The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
  • 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 fulfillment of the order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law.