Libraries & Spaces
Place Items on Reserve
- 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, Blommer Science Library, and Bioethics Research Library books can be placed on reserve. Lauinger, Blommer, and Bioethics books can also be placed on reserve at the Downtown Georgetown library. If the library does not have the book, a copy will be ordered. Personal copies of books can also be placed on reserve.
- Blackboard/Canvas: The process for submitting your course reserve requests has changed. Now that you have the option of Blackboard or Canvas as your Course Management System (CMS), when requesting Book, Electronic, and Media Reserves please be sure to let us know which CMS you are using! All reserve forms now contain a check box in the course information fields for you to select your preferred CMS. The Library will provide a link from your CMS to your book and erserves housed on the Library's webpage, but we need to know which CMS you are using.
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. You may also submit the forms as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Download the forms 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.
To request Media Reserves:
- Complete and submit the Media Reserves Form.
- Use this page to add additional items.
- Submit forms to email@example.com or drop off at the Circulation Desk, 3rd Floor, Lauinger Library.
- Processing Media Reserves generally takes at least 3 business days.
- Streaming server requests will be processed within 7 business days.
For more information on using media in your courses:
- For a list all options for using films and other media in your classroom, read our Guide to Using Films in Courses
- For more information about access to online video for your courses, check out our Streaming Media guide.
If you need further assistance, please call (202) 687-7607.
The Library supports classroom instruction and the University's academic mission by providing students access to required course-related materials through the Course Reserve system. Reserve materials can be in physical format (hard copies of books) or e-reserves (PDFs of book chapters, articles, handouts, etc.).
The policy below ensures protection of both the rights of copyright holders and the fair use rights available to the academic community.
What can be placed on Course Reserve?
- Materials used in course reserve can come from:
- the Library’s print collection
- the Library’s electronic resource collection
- the course instructor
- There is no limit to the number of core required readings a faculty member may have on Course Reserve.
- If the library does not have a requested book, a copy will be ordered. Ordering a book for course reserve will take a week or longer, so it is important to submit reserve book requests as soon as possible.
Restrictions on e-reserves
The Library makes e-reserves available under the provisions of §107 of the Copyright Act of 1976 (fair use). To ensure protection of rights of both copyright holders and the academic community, the following restrictions apply to all e-reserve material:
- Entire books or journal issues will not be scanned and placed on e-reserve.
- Materials created and marketed primarily for use in the type of course being offered will not be placed on e-reserve. This includes:
- Articles that are available in the Library's electronic databases will not be scanned; instead, we will include a link to the article in Blackboard.
- Materials are placed on e-reserve for instructors and students registered for the course. A current Georgetown University NetID and password are required to access Blackboard and the Course Reserve page on Library's website.
- A copyright notice and original source information will be provided for each work.
- The determination regarding how much of a work may be used is made by evaluating all four of the fair use factors.
- Purpose and character of the use - nonprofit educational uses, like research, teaching, and scholarship are generally favored under fair use analysis
- Nature of the copyrighted work – using material from primarily factual works is more likely to be considered fair use than using material from highly creative works
- Amount and substantiality of the portion used - using small portions from a copyrighted work is more likely to be considered fair use than using a larger portion of the work; there should be a clear connection between the instructor’s pedagogical purpose and the amount of materials used
- Effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work - uses that do not affect the market for the copyrighted work are more likely to be considered fair
- The Library reserves the right to refuse materials for course reserve if, in our judgment, the request would exceed fair use or otherwise constitute copyright infringement. In such cases, we will contact you to determine how to best fulfill your request, including (i) exploring other options or formats for making the requested material available, or (ii) obtaining permission for use of the work if available at a reasonable cost.