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. Faculty members must confirm that requests comply with current copyright law. Should copyright permission be 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 posible alternative solutions.

How to Place Items on Reserve

  1. Identify the resource to put on reserve
  2. Complete the Reserve Request Form (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.
    • If submitting on behalf of an instructor, be sure to include the instructor's name in the "Proxy Submission" field.
    • If the item is owned by Mason Libraries, Reserves staff will pull and scan the item. Please do not provide photocopies of personally-owned chapters or articles. For these items, please bring your original personal copy to the library and Reserves staff will scan the needed sections.
  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.
  4. For E-reserves, be sure to do the following once you receive your e-reserves link from Reserves staff.
    • Activate your course in Blackboard.
    • When your E-Reserves have been processed, you will receive an email with the link to your E-Reserves folder. Paste this link into the content area of your course page in Blackboard. For questions, and to view additional Blackboard resources and tutorials, please visit the GMU Course Suport page.
  5. 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.

Student Access to Reserves

Send students to the Reserves Search: library.gmu.edu/reserves

  • Print and Media Reserves are made available for students to check out for limited borrowing periods (e.g., 2hr or 7 days).  Print and Media Reserve titles may be searched in the reserve catalog.
  • E-Reserves are available to students online through the course pages in their Blackboard accounts.