Place Materials on Reserve

Please use the Course Reserves System to add and manage your course reserve materials. (See Instructor Options for Course Reserves System.)

Contact the staff at the Media & Reserves desk on the 4th floor of the Library Annex or call (979) 845-4833 to set up an instructor account if you do not already have one.

Print Reserves Guidelines | Electronic Reserves Guidelines

Reserve materials are available only for the semester in which the class is taught. Faculty members may not request that Reserves provide access to copies of the same material for successive terms unless copyright permission is obtained.

For large classes where more than one copy of a title is needed, a limited number of paper copies may be made available consistent with fair use and copyright provisions.

To allow sufficient time for acquiring and processing materials:

  • Please submit the reserves list for each course at least 1 month before the start of the term.
  • Once classes have begun, please allow at least 7 business days for processing new/additional course reserve requests.
  • Please submt order requests for class textbooks at least 1 month in advance. We are limited to purchasing 1 textbook per 50 students enrolled in the class.

When placing items on reserve:

  • Include the full bibliographic citation for published works
  • The loan period for each item is 4-hours
  • Identify items in the same manner as in your syllabus
  • Paper copies submitted for scanning into an electronic format:
    • should be on 8.5" x 11" paper
    • contain no holes or staples
    • have at least a one half inch margin on all 4 sides

Print Reserves Guidelines

The following materials may be placed on print reserve:

  • TAMU library books
  • Personal copies of books (supplied by instructors)
  • Solutions, handbooks, lecture notes, class readings, etc. (supplied by instructors)
  • Exams/quizzes from previous semesters (supplied by instructors)
  • Course syllabi

Electronic Reserves Guidelines

The following materials may be placed on electronic reserve for non-consecutive semesters under Educational Fair Use:

  • Non-copyright materials such as solutions, handbooks, lecture notes, class readings, etc. (supplied by instructors)
  • Excerpts from government publications
  • An excerpt from a book that constitutes a limited and reasonable amount of the total work
  • Course syllabi
  • Journal and newspaper articles

The Library will not accept the following for electronic reserve without seeking copyright permission (and potentially paying royalties for the use):

  • Whole books or an excessive amount of the work
  • Multiple articles from the same journal issue or newspaper