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Place materials on course reserve

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COVID-19 update: Find information on course reserves during COVID-19.

Place course materials “on reserve” in campus libraries, or as e-reserves in bCourses. The Library prefers to place library-owned materials on reserve, but accepts instructors’ personal copies and homework/problem sets also.


  • Online course reserve forms are found via library homepages
    • Lower division undergraduate reserves may be housed at Moffitt via the online course reserves form (select the Moffitt Library radio button) or at the respective subject specialty library.
    • Upper division undergraduate reserves are housed only at subject specialty libraries
  • Course Reserve Personal Copy Form (PDF)
  • Most libraries accept reserve request forms by email, in person or via campus mail.
  • A few libraries accept faxes.
  • Contact information is listed on library homepages.


If you follow these guidelines and submit your lists well in advance of the semester, the majority of reserve items you request should be available on the first day of classes.

  • Course reserve requests are processed in order of receipt.
  • The Library purchases requested items for course reserves as needed.
  • New items take 8-12 weeks to arrive; please submit requests early.
  • Limits: Instructors are strongly encouraged to select no more than 25 titles per undergraduate course. Unusually long reserve lists are rarely used by students, inadvertently limit access to those materials by other researchers, and delay processing time for other course reserve items. Since students rarely check out optional readings, we encourage you to list suggested readings on your syllabus but not place them on reserve.
  • Location: Moffitt Library is the recommended location for all lower-division undergraduate courses. Due to space and staffing limitations, the subject specialty libraries are primarily for upper-division undergraduate courses and graduate level courses. Graduate Services in Doe Library accepts reserves for humanities graduate level courses.
  • Loan Periods: Reserve items usually have a 2 hour loan period which allows items to be taken out of the library and may be checked out overnight if borrowed within the final two hours of the library’s circulation desk hours. Special circumstances allow for alternative loans: 2 hours Library Use Only, 1 day, or 1 week. Titles requested by more than one course may have a more restricted loan period to better accommodate a greater number of users.
  • 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.
  • 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: The Library accepts personal copies of books and other materials for reserves. Instructors are cautioned to make this decision with care as items may be lost or damaged by borrowers. Instructors should never part with their only copy of a required reading. Unless these items are gifts to the Library, they will be returned at the end of the semester.
  • Multiple Copies: The Library provides at least one copy of each reserve title. Some reserve materials are never checked out, so the Library may monitor demand before investing in multiple copies.
  • Additional Requests: Requests to add additional titles at a later date should follow these same procedures. Those will be treated as new requests and processed in order of receipt.  In order for the Library to acquire and process items before semester end, last requests are encouraged no later than mid-semester: Fall (Oct 31), Spring (Mar 31), Summer (Jul 31).

eReserves in bCourses

  • bCourses - Use the Files area to upload readings, or edit any bCourses page to add a direct link to an online library-licensed resource. For more information see bCourses help.
  • Other systems - Copyrighted content that is uploaded to your course site should only be available to students enrolled in the course and only for the duration of the course. If a learning management system is unable to provide this level of protected access, copyrighted materials should not be hosted online.

Note: Reproductions of copyrighted material must be made in compliance with the University of California's Copyright Policies.