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 pagelibrary.gmu.edu/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 ereserve@gmu.edu.