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Placing Material on Course Reserve

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Please submit your course reserve requests as soon as possible before the semester begins. Please read these instructions and complete the Course Reserves Form.

If you have any questions about placing materials on course reserve, or if you wish to check the status of your course reserve list, please contact a circulation supervisor at 642-2531 or email bioscirc-library@berkeley.edu

Print Reserves

To request library material for course reserve, you have the following options:

  • Use the online Course Reserves Request Form. Select Bioscience, Natural Resources and Public Health Library in the list of libraries.
  • Email your course reserve list to bioscirc-library@berkeley.edu. Include your contact information, the course number, and each item's OskiCat url or citation, call number and desired loan period; 2-hour or 1-day.
  • Fill out a paper form at the Circulation Desk.

NOTE:  If no loan period is specified, the default will be 2-Hours/Overnight. If the same item is on reserve for two classes, the shorter loan period will apply.

Personal Copies and Photocopies

  • Homework/Problem Sets: The Library accepts copies of homework/problem sets for reserves. These should be delivered to the Library in sufficient number of multiple copies and in binders that keep materials in order and are durable to stand up to heavy use.
  • Personal copies: Personal copies are accepted to supplement library-owned material.  All materials are accepted on a semester basis and must be returned at the end of the term.
  • Print and fill out the Course Reserve Personal Copy Form (PDF) and bring the form with the reserve materials to the Bioscience Library Circulation Desk.

Electronic Course Reserves

Articles and E-Reserves: The Library does not put library-owned journals on reserves. For articles, we encourage you to see if the full text is available from a library-owned resource and use the persistent links to allow students to access those from your bCourse site.

Faculty interested in electronic course reserves may use bCourses, the UC Berkeley collaborative learning environment supported by Educational Technology Services. Visit the bCourses website to learn more about using bCourses.


The Copyright Law of the United States governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. In accepting photocopies for reserves the UC Berkeley Library assumes that the copy or copies have been made in compliance with the fair use provisions of section 107. See the UC Copyright website on using copyrighted works for more information.