Course Reserves

Goal: All course reserve items will be listed in the OPAC and searchable by instructor, course, and/or department.

Purpose: Designates physical and electronic items for select instructor/course use.

Location: All physical reserve items are held within Sheppard Library’s Reserves Collection. Electronic items have persistent links through the respective databases. How to setup: Contact Public Services Librarian E. King with all pertinent information for your reserves including title, author, edition, pub. year, and corresponding course using the appropriate form. Likewise, deliver all personal copies to Mrs. King for reserve processing.

Reserve lists will remain active for 1 semester. There are no permanent or standing lists. Library staff will return inactive reserve items to circulating status or to item’s owner. To reactivate a previous list, faculty should contact Mrs. King by email at least two weeks prior to intended semester’s start date.

Persistent links (links to specific searches) to course reserve lists will be provided to instructors to place within Blackboard course upon request.

Access Print Reserve form here.                               Access Electronic Reserve form here.

Faculty  are responsible for ensuring that their course materials comply with copyright law. 

Electronic Reserves must consider the four factors of Fair Use as provided by the Copyright Law (Title 17, Section 107): 

  • Purpose of Use
  • Nature of the Work
  • Amount of the Work
  • Effect on the Market for the Original.

Materials will be placed on reserve at the request of faculty only for the noncommercial, educational uses of students. Materials placed on course reserve will be made available to students and faculty only during the semester when the requesting instructor is teaching the course, and will be removed when the course is no longer in session.

Electronic resources (Ebrary, JSTOR, etc) and reserves are restricted to authorized users.

Limited amounts of material may be made available electronically to authorized users:

  • One chapter of a book or 10% of the book
  • One article from an issue of a journal
  • Several charts, graphs or illustrations
  • One poem or short story from a collected work
  • Material for which copyright permission to scan and provide access to has been granted to the faculty member. 
  • Material that is judged to fall under the “fair use” provisions of Copyright Law.

Personal copies are accepted for course reserve. Sheppard Library is not responsible for damage to personal copies.

Students must have the following to check out course reserves:

  • On-campus students: Stillman College ID card, Sheppard Library card
  • Off-campus students: Stillman College ID card, Sheppard Library card, and driver’s license

Check-out limits: 3-hour checkout, in-library-use only

Contact: Evelyn King,, ext. 8850