Course reserves are a great way to make materials readily available to your students at no cost to them. Ideal for supplemental readings and electronic resources licensed to Gumberg Library, this service is meant to assist instructors in meeting students' educational needs.
Electronic reserves enable students to access course materials through the Gumberg Library's e-reserves site around the clock. Print reserves enable students to access course materials from the library's Circulation Desk during the library's operating hours.
The library will seek use permission for copyrighted materials that exceed fair use guidelines and, if necessary, pay reasonable permission costs. Permission costs determined to be excessive may prevent the use of certain materials. If necessary, library staff will assist instructors in finding alternate materials.
The library will not knowingly accept materials for e-reserve that violate copyright law. If materials may not be posted on e-reserve due to copyright considerations, the library may be able to place items on print reserve instead.
eBooks and journal articles available in Gumberg Library databases.
Print or audio materials available in Gumberg Library's collections or owned by the professor that are converted to digital formats and uploaded to the e-reserves system; print materials are scanned as PDFs. Audio files are converted to MP3 files.
Examples of e-reserve materials include
Books, articles, DVDs, CDs, or kits available in Gumberg Library or owned by the professor.
Physical models owned by Gumberg Library or the professor, such as replicas of skeletal and other anatomical structures.
Materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.
Materials that exceed fair use limits and for which permission cannot be obtained at a reasonable cost.
Reserves will be removed at the end of the semester unless other arrangements are made with the Reserves Coordinator.
Reserve requests are completed in the order in which they are received.
Request volume peaks at the beginning of the semester—so plan accordingly! Above all else, submit reserve requests at least one week before your students will need to access the materials.
To ensure that your reserves are processed as quickly as possible
Tips to expedite print reserve requests
Tips to expedite electronic reserve requests
All reserves are processed as quickly as possible in the order in which they are received. Depending on the volume of requests, turnaround time may be same-day or up to two weeks. Reserve request volume is highest just prior to, and at the start of, each semester. Please submit your requests as soon as possible to ensure they are available when your students need them.
Contact the library liaison for your department to see if the library may be able to purchase a copy. If the library purchases the item, make sure to tell your liaison that you would like to place the item on reserve when it arrives.
You may create a link from your Blackboard course page to your e-reserves course page. When your reserves have been processed, you will be supplied with a stable URL for your e-reserves page. When you create a link to your e-reserves page from Blackboard, select the option to open the link in a new window, since e-reserves may not open properly within Blackboard. For more information, see Blackboard's instructional video about adding links.
Yes! Provided it may do so without violating copyright law, the library will scan, crop, and apply OCR (optical character recognition), where possible, to your text-based electronic reserves so students will have access to clean, searchable documents that load quickly.
Your web browser's default reader might not support all elements of the Adobe form. With Mozilla Firefox's default settings, a button in the top right of the page should give you the option to open with a different reader; you can also change the settings to open documents with your preferred reader. Other browsers allow for similar configuration.
Take a look at the PDF Troubleshooting tab for help with this. If the document still will not load, contact the Reserves Assistant.