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Course Reserves for Faculty

Placing Physical Materials on Reserve

Submit your request via the Course Reserve Processing Request form.

Submit requests 1 week prior to making assignments related to the reserve material. Instructors can choose either a 3-hour or a 1-day loan period.

We process requests in the order they are received. It is possible that materials become ready same-day. Watch for an email confirming that your item(s) are on reserve.

Personal copies require 1 to 4 days to process before they become available for student checkout. Typically, the beginning of a semester has a higher volume of requests, and therefore a longer processing time. Please indicate if you need rush service.

Following the end of the semester, reserve materials are removed and personal copies are returned to you.

To remove items from reserve earlier, submit an Off Reserve request form.

Placing Electronic Materials on Reserve

Submit your request via the Electronic Course Reserve Processing Request form. 

If you will not be providing scans of your material, we will make them for you. We will contact you for clarification when needed. Please allow at least 1 week for processing.

Articles available through Martin Library's online journal subscriptions are posted as persistent links to your course reserves list. Please provide the article's full citation to have it added to your course list.

Please familiarize yourself with the General Principles for Fair Use in Education. For further information about copyright, see Copyright, Licenses, and Permissions below.

If you are having trouble viewing your online reserve page or readings, you can reach Cassandra Prange at 218-726-8591 or email

Frequently Asked Questions about Course Reserves

copyright symbolCopyright, Licenses, and Permissions

Conditions of Use: Something may be copied and made available for course reserves when the material copied is:

  • In the public domain
  • Used with permission from the copyright holder
  • Used under the provisions of a contract or license agreement (agreements may differ from, and often take precedence over, what is allowed under copyright law) or
  • Used under the provision of Fair Use (U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. Section 107), as outlined in the Classroom Guidelines or as determined using a case-by-case, four-factor analysis.

Instructor Responsibilities: Course reserve materials are routinely subject to controls that restrict access to registered students and their instructors. In some cases, materials may be made available after an assessment by the instructor that such a use is a fair use under copyright law. All such uses are based on the University of Minnesota Libraries' General Principles of Fair Use in Education and Policy on Fair Use of Copyrighted Works.

When copyrighted works are used for reserves under the provisions of Fair Use (Section 107), instructors are responsible for:

  • Ensuring all materials used support course-related teaching, scholarship, or research.
  • Determining, on a case-by-case basis, whether the use of a copyrighted work requires permission or qualifies as fair use. Such a determination requires a working knowledge of the principles & applications of fair use. Library staff can provide some consultation on the relevant issues. Educational information on fair use and an online tool for documenting fair use analysis are available on our site.
  • Making arrangements for permissions when they are needed.
  • Copying only the amount of material needed to accomplish the specific educational purpose. In consultation with library staff, instructors will determine any limits on the amount of material to be used.

Contact Information
Cassandra Prange
phone: 218-726-8591