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Faculty Guide: Course Reserves

Placing Items "On Reserve" at the Library

Do you have books or media items that you would like your students to be able to share? Consider placing them on reserve at the circulation desk. Books and videos may be the instructor's personally owned copy or may come from the Cincinnati State library collection (reproductions or items from other libraries can not be placed on reserve). Instructors select the length of the loan period (two hours, 24 hours, three days, one week, or a semester). To place an item on reserve, please complete the e-form at:

Some of the core classes may already have items on reserve, either by the department or by another faculty person. Before referring your students to the library for these, it is helpful to check our Current Course Reserves to ensure that they are active each semester. Our Finding Course Reserves video can guide you through the process of looking up course reserve books if you need assistance.

Have questions about course reserves? Please contact Myra Justus (x4690) or Don Vernatter (x1606) at the circulation desk.

Electronic Reserves

The Library does not manage electronic reserves for instructors. Please see the "Copyright Resources" box (at right) for resources pertinent to digital reproductions.

General Guidelines

  • Articles: Linking to an article within a library-subscribed database is within copyright permissions. See the tab on "Linking to Articles" for more information.
  • Videos: It is not legal to duplicate Library owned videos to create digital or physical copies; the Library is also not able to purchase or maintain licensing agreements for streaming content. Instead, the Library owns a subscription to Films on Demand, the leading source of high-quality video and multimedia for academic, vocational and life-skills content. It includes collections from Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware. Subject areas include Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Science & Mathematics, Health & Medicine, and Archival Films & Newsreels. Please see the "Linking to Videos" tab for information on how to include links to these videos.
  • Books: Generally, fair use will permit up to 10% or 1000 words, whichever is less, of a copyrighted text to be duplicated. Instructors should check with their departments to verify the process for obtaining copyright permissions and/or creating course packets.



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