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. 

How to Place Items on Reserve

See the How to Place a Reserve Request tutorial

  1. Identify the resource to put on reserve
  2. 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
  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.
    • 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
    • When your e-Reserves have been processed, you will receive an email with the link to your e-Reserves folder. Add this link into the content area of your course page in Blackboard.
    • See the How to Link e-Reserves in Blackboard tutorial