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
- Identify the resource to put on reserve
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
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.
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
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.