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Course Reserves

Print Reserves Spring 2021

Print reserves are not available for the Spring 2021 semester. The library quarantines all returned library items for 3 days to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus. Because print reserves have short circulation times to allow access to all students enrolled in a class, a 3-day quarantine would significantly limit availability of these materials. Wiping/cleaning returned reserve items quickly to make them available for the next user does not guarantee the items will be safe for use and will likely damage the materials. In addition to concerns about the health and safety of students and staff, Gumberg is committed to providing equal access to library resources for all students, including those participating remotely who need access to online materials.

In light of these circumstances, we encourage using electronic resources. Electronic reserves, or e-reserves, are available as always. Your library liaisons can find alternative digital resources, our acquisitions department can purchase ebooks, and we will scan fair use (10% of total page numbers) excerpts of Gumberg texts for use in e-reserves. For e-reserve excerpts that exceed fair use, we will seek use permission fees unless the fees are prohibitive. For interest in Open Educational Resources (OER), please contact Gumberg Library’s Instructional Design Librarian Melody Diehl Detar.

You also can scan your own materials for Blackboard or to email to students. A number of free scanning apps are available through your smartphone. For iPhone users, you can scan using your Notes app or a free app, Microsoft Office Lens PDF Scan. For Android users, free apps include Easy Scanner and Microsoft Office Lens - PDF Scanner


Electronic reserves enable students to access course materials around the clock. E-reserves course pages are password protected for students currently enrolled in the course. Be sure to provide your students with the password! Library staff can not provide passwords to students.


All e-reserve requests must comply with U.S. copyright law, and Duquesne University's copyright policy. The library will not knowingly accept materials for e-reserve that violate copyright law. Gumberg Library follows fair use guidelines, and although reserves staff will review materials submitted, we recommend instructors use Duquesne University's fair use checklist to ensure requested materials meet the four fair use factors.

With reference to the amount of excerpted materials to be placed on e-reserves, the library considers 10% of a text and one article from a journal issue to be fair use. Gumberg will seek use permission for materials that exceed fair use guidelines and pay reasonable permission costs; if use fees are excessive, library liaisons and staff can help find other reading materials. 

What may be placed on e-reserve?

Electronic, print, and audio materials available in Gumberg Library's collections or owned by the professor, including

  • ebooks or journal articles in Gumberg's databases
  • Links to articles available freely online, such as those found in open access journals
  • Book excerpts, 10% of the text, scanned to a PDF file
  • Lecture notes
  • MP3 audio files


Place an E-Reserves request

Request materials by using the online reserves request form, emailing the reserves specialist,, or

Timeline for course reserves processing

Reserve requests are completed in the order received. Remember, request volume peaks at the beginning of the semester

Please provide full citations and inclusive page numbers for excerpts requested from Gumberg books. Incomplete information delays pulling and scanning Gumberg books and clearing copyright permissions.

Tips to expedite course reserve requests
  • Contact your department's library liaison ahead of time to purchase ebooks that are not in Gumberg's collection.
  • Choose readings from library databases, eBooks, and/or fair use excerpts (currently 10% of the the text) as copyright permission searches and approvals add to turnaround time.
  • Scan print materials (such as articles and book chapters) needed for e-reserves, save them as PDF files, and email the files to the Reserves Specialist
  • Consider using Open Access materials and Open Educational Resources to avoid copyright permission processes. 

Contact Information

Jean Henry, Reserves Specialist