Placing Items on Reserve

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

  1. Identify the resource to put on reserve
  2. Login to ILLiad and Place a Reserve Request
  3. 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.
  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

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.

Contact Information

For questions regarding reserves, please contact the Reserves Team at