Course Reserves

Course Reserves

Faculty may place books, audio-visual media, articles, electronic documents, and other types of materials on reserve in the library for students enrolled in their courses to use. Course reserves can be either physical materials that are housed in the library at the circulation desk or electronic materials that are stored and accessed online through the ERes system.

Physical Materials for Reserve

Materials on reserve in the library are for in-library use only. These items are kept on reserve for one semester and are then returned to the library collection or the owner of the materials unless longer reserve arrangements are specified. Physical materials for reserve can be books from the library collection, text books, audio-visual items, or printed articles/documents. Faculty members may also place personal copies of books or audio-visual materials on reserve. For more information contact Erin Kovalsky, Circulation Coordinator at .

Electronic Reserves

Electronic reserves are materials that are in a digital format (PDF files, Word documents, etc.) and are made available through ERes on the library web site.

Access to material posted on ERes is restricted to faculty, staff and students enrolled in a specific course (copyright law). In consultation with instructors, the library staff assigns specific passwords to each ERes collection of course materials. Instructors are responsible for supplying the appropriate ERes password to students enrolled in their courses.

Library staff can receive documents in electronic format in an email attachment or hard copy documents that can be scanned into the ERes system. For more information, please contact John Coger at 315-684-6055 or

Copyright Law for Reserves

Articles on Reserve

  • Reuse for reproduced materials each semester needs permission from the copyright holder unless in public domain (if before 1926).
  • Fair use of copyrighted materials – Anyone may make a parody, etc.  For research, for scholarship, and for teaching use we favor fair use.  We oppose fair use when we use it repeatedly or use it long-term.

Books on Reserve

  • There is a copyright law on photocopying more than 10 percent of a book. 
  • We are not held responsible for someone breaking that law in the library. 
  • However, we could put up copyright laws sign on the copier.

Fair Use Checklist

Copyright Advisory Office / Columbia University Libraries / Kenneth D. Crews, Director is the author of this list and it is found at