Course Reserves Faculty Information


Since spring 2018 Rod Library automatically has placed on Reserve those textbooks available through the University Bookstore for 1000- and 2000-level courses when these titles are part of the Library’s existing collection.  The use of these resources has been modest and has been declining.  This being the case, the Library will be suspending this program in fall 2020.

Individual faculty may continue to select titles from the print collection or the ebooks the Library makes available and arrange for them to be placed on Reserve.  To request this service, please follow the instructions below.

Faculty must complete a reserve request form each time items are deposited at the Library Services. The form gives detailed course/instructor information so that the course records can be entered accurately into OneSearch. The student assistants handle the physical processing of the reserve items, and only permanent staff are granted access to create course records and bibliographic/item records for OneSearch. It can take up to 20 minutes per item to completely process for reserves. Remember that reserve desk permanent staff only work 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please plan accordingly.

During the first two weeks of each semester, because of the large number of reserve items coming in to Library Services, we guarantee that requested items will be processed within two weeks. For the rest of the semester, Library Services staff can usually process most reserve requests within 24 hours. All reserve items are processed on a first come, first served basis. You will be notified when your list has been processed and the items are available for use. Please do not assign reserve readings prior to notification.

Library Services will place photocopies of items on reserve following the "fair use" provisions of the Federal Copyright Law. If a photocopy has already been placed on reserve once before for a course by an instructor, then copyright permission by the copyright holder is needed before it can be placed on reserve again. Other copyright restrictions may apply. For further information, see Copyright Guidelines for Reserve Items in the Rod Library.

It is the responsibility of the faculty member to seek copyright permission for photocopies of items, which are not covered by the "fair use" provisions of Title 17, Section 107 of the Copyright Act. Written documentation of copyright permission is required to place items on reserve for material not covered by the "fair use" provisions. For the convenience of faculty members, however, UNI has provided a sample letter to request copyright permission as well as "How To" information.

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