Georgetown University's Main Campus Libraries provide course reserve services to ensure access to core required class readings that, due to high demand, would not otherwise be available to all students in a class. Reserve services places both books and electronic reserves (e-reserves) materials at your request.
Use This Service:
Electronic Reserves: There is no limit to the number of core required e-reserves readings a faculty member may have on reserve. An e-reserve is a single title of a book chapter, a journal article, or professors’ notes, syllabi, or handouts. Entire books cannot be scanned and placed on e-reserve. E-reserve chapters are limited to a quarter of the book and chapters are listed by their title. If the library does not have the article, we will order a copy.
Books: There is no limit to the number of core required books a professor may place on course reserves. Lauinger and Blommer Science Library books can be placed on reserve. If the library does not have the book, a copy will be ordered. Personal copies of books can also be placed on reserve.
Blackboard: A link from the professors’ course reserves on the library’s home page to the professors’ Blackboard courses will be created under the Blackboard’s Course Tools functionality. This link is now active, but older classes may need to have this functionality enabled. If you need assistance in activating your course reserves in Blackboard, please contact Reserves at 202 687-7607 and ask to speak to a supervisor.
To request reserve services, complete and submit the appropriate Course Reserves request form(s) for electronic reserves and/or books at the Circulation Desk on the third floor of Lauinger Library. Download the form here:
To expedite your request, please bring books and photocopies (either photocopies or saved on disc or flash drive) when turning in the reserve form. Requests will be processed in the order received. Processing may take 7 or more business days. Articles or chapters can also be sent as PDFs to email@example.com. Reserves staff can retrieve materials, but it will take longer to process than if the material is provided. Reserve request forms can also be attached to an email and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 202-687-1215.
1. In order to adhere to the Copyright Act of 1976, the Libraries will require that all faculty members placing photocopies or copies of other media on Reserve sign this copyright waiver statement:
I have reviewed and understand the Georgetown University publication, Copyright Issues in Higher Education : A Guide for Georgetown Faculty and the Main Campus Libraries Course Reserve Copyright Policy (this document). Consistent with these policies, I request the library make available to students in this course the requested media or reproductions cited and listed below. I have obtained all required copyright permissions. I realize that I may be responsible for any infringement of the Copyright Act of 1976 (Title 17 U.S.C.) that results from my noncompliance with the Guide and Policy.
Reserve staff, in good faith, assume the necessary copyright permission is granted or pending upon signature.
2. The Library will request copies of, and will keep on file, the copyright permission letters for any reserve requests if the materials are:
Photocopies of articles compiled to create, replace, or substitute for an anthology, compilation or collective work;
Photocopies of, or from, "consumable" works, including workbooks, exercises, standardized tests, test booklets, answer sheets, etc.;
Photocopies of an entire book or an entire issue of a journal.
These examples are specifically mentioned in the copyright guidelines as unlikely to be covered by fair use.
3. All Reserve photocopies will be stamped with a notice of copyright.
4. All photocopies are the property of the faculty member requesting Reserve status for the materials. Therefore all reserve materials will be removed from Reserve at the end of each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).
5. A maximum of one copy can be placed on Reserve for every 10 - 15 students in a course.