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.
Overview of Process
See also the How to Place a Reserve Request tutorial
- Identify the resource to put on reserve
Login to ILLiad
- On the left menu select "Place a New Reserve Request"
- Choose to reserve an Article or Book Chapter (e-Reserves), or a Book or Media Item
- You will be prompted to enter your course information. If not, please double check you are using the New Reserve Request form
- Provide as much information as possible to help locate the item
Confirm the materials are in compliance with Copyright Law
- Learn more about Copyright & Reserves
- 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
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
Libraries have small collections of items on “Permanent Reserve". These items were determined, based upon value, usage and/or theft patterns, to require restricted, in-library-use only access. This is not the same as Course Reserves, as they are not linked to a specific course. If you think an item should be considered for Permanent Reserve, however, contact your subject librarian.
For questions regarding reserves, please contact the Reserves Team at email@example.com.