Course Reserves (Instructors)

Faculty may set aside books, media and readings for student use. Typically, print reserves do not circulate outside of the library. e-Reserves are accessible to students via their course pages in Blackboard. 

How to Place Items on Reserve

See the How to Place a Reserve Request tutorial

  1. Identify the resource to put on reserve
  2. Complete the Reserve Request Form
    • Request reserves through your ILLiad account (required to process all requests).
    • Fill in all fields for each e-Reserves request.
    • Provide the full citations (i.e., a bibliography) of all materials and any personal copies of materials.
    • Include the instructor's name in the "Proxy Submission" field if submitting on their behalf
  3. Confirm the materials are in compliance with Copyright Law
    • You (or your designee) must sign the Copyright Statement for submitted materials.
    • You must obtain written permission from the author of any student papers/projects or dissertations.
    • If required, Mason Libraries will attempt to obtain permissions and will pay applicable permissions fees as the library's budget allows. If the cost is deemed unreasonable or excessive for a particular item, the library will notify the requestor and seek possible alternative solutions.
  4. Provide materials, if needed
    • For articles or chapters not owned by the University Libraries, please bring the original to the library so Reserves staff can scan the needed sections.
    • For items owned by the University Libraries, Reserves staff will obtain or scan the item.

Please keep in mind:

  • Requests are processed in the order received.
  • Incomplete forms will likely cause delays.
  • We recommend submitting requests at least 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • If the items are not in the University Libraries' collections and need to be ordered, provide extra time.

Providing Student Access to Reserves

  • Print and Media Reserves
    • Send students to the main Reserves​. 
    • Or, link directly to the Reserve catalog.
    • Remind students that reserves are available for students to check out for limited borrowing periods (e.g., 2hr or 7 days). 
  • e-Reserves
    • Activate your course in Blackboard.
    • Once processed, you will receive an email with a link to your e-Reserves folder. Add the link into the content area of your course page in Blackboard.
    • For assistance, see the How to Link e-Reserves in Blackboard tutorial.

Permanent Reserves

Each library location has a small collection of items that the Libraries have placed on “Permanent Reserve.” These are items we have determined, based upon value, usage and/or theft patterns, to require restricted, in-library-use only access. The Permanent Reserve collection is independent of Course Reserves.

A faculty member may request that their subject librarian consider a title for Permanent Reserve; however, Permanent Reserve items are not linked to specific courses. A Course Reserve Request Form for the specific semester and class in which an item is being used is required for any item needed for Course Reserves.