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What you need to know about reserves...

What are they?

Course reserves are a collection of high demand materials that are selected by instructors to support their current courses. These items can be placed on short-term loan in the library to increase availability to all students. Please note that the library does not purchase textbooks.

What can I place on reserve?

  • Library owned books
  • Instructor owned books (this does not include copies supplied by publishers for review purposes).
  • Material in which the instructor owns copyright (e.g. lecture notes)
  • Material which the instructor and/or library has documented permission to place item on reserve.


 Amounts of material put on reserve must adhere to The 6 Factors of Fair Dealing. For example, one copy of a book can be placed on reserve and would be considered FAIR. Putting multiple copies of the same textbook on reserve would be considered UNFAIR.*

REMEMBER - Providing links in Blackboard to items from  Library databases is an excellent way to ensure you are not violating any copyright regulations and to help Niagara College meet its sustainability goals. Linking provides greater access to material for the students.

Reserve Procedures

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By Mike W (Awesome bookshelf, Loeb Music Library, Harvard) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Faculty members may request that the Library put specific items on Reserve for their class for a given term. These may be items already in the Library collection or items belonging to the faculty member to be kept in the Library for length of the term.

The faculty member decides whether the items may be loaned out and, if so, for what length of time (usually a much shorter loan period than regular circulating items).

  • your name, extension, and office number
  • course code and course title
  • title of the item
  • format of the item: book, article, cassette, video, folder, or other
  • length of the Reserve: for the whole term or specific start and end dates
  • loan period: 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 7-day, or In-Library Use Only
  • owner of the item: item belongs to the Library, item is being permanently donated to the Library collection, or item belongs to and is to be returned to the faculty member

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