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Distance Library Services: Course Reserves

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Course Reserves Basics

Course Reserves are materials that faculty set aside for limited check out periods (physical reserves) or online (e-reserves) to guarantee student access.

Normally, physical reserves do not circulate outside the library. E-reserves are generally available to students 24/7 for the duration of the semester and are password protected. Only students enrolled in a course will have access to the e-reserves for that course.

Students click here for detailed information on accessing course reserves, or here to connect to the course reserves catalog.

Faculty click here for detailed information on making course reserve requests.

Reserve Fines

Please keep in mind when checking out physical course reserves that the limited check-out periods are designed to ensure access to all students who will need the materials. For this reason, the following accelerated late fees will apply to all late physical reserve items:

Hourly:    $1.00 per hour per item up to a maximum of $10.00*
Daily:      $2.00 per day per item up to a maximum of $20.00*                

*After 30 days items are presumed lost and the borrower will be charged a $50.00 lost item fee ($35.00 replacement cost & $15.00 processing fee). Replacement books are not accepted in lieu of replacement costs.

Copyright Information

Library evaluates course reserve requests and makes permissions determinations by analysing each individual material use. Our analysis is based upon applicable sections of U.S. Copyright Law, Title 17 and may include considerations referred to in Circular 21: Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Libraries published by the United States Copyright Office, and any relevant case law.

Should permission be required for an item, Library will seek to obtain permissions and will pay applicable licensing fees as the budget allows. If the cost is deemed unreasonable or excessive for a particular item, the library will notify the faculty member requesting the item and will seek out any possible alternative solutions to providing students with access to the materials.

For more detailed information on copyright, visit the copyright section of this LibGuide.


Locating Materials in the Course Reserve Catalog

Locating Materials in the Course Reserve Catalog (View the Online Tutorial):
1.  Access the course reserves catalog directly or via…

  Option A: the Salisbury University home page (  Move your curser over the ‘Library’ link on the left and click ‘Course Reserves’ from the pop-up menu box that appears, then click on the 'Connect to Course Reserves' link near the top of the page.

 Option B: the SU Library home page (  Click on the ‘Course Reserves’ link from the left-hand navigation bar, then click on the 'Connect to  Course Reserves' link near the top of the page.
2. Click on 'Find My Course Reserves', then search by 'Instructor', 'Department', or 'Document Keyword'. 
3. Choose from the drop-down or type in keywords, then click the SEARCH button.
4. Choose the appropriate course, then read and click ACCEPT to the copyright statement. (Note: Some courses are password protected at the course level, others at the document level. Whenever you are prompted, type in the password provided by your instructor.)
5. If it is a hard copy item, give the book number to a Circulation Desk staff member and he or she will retrieve the item for you; for electronic items, go to STEP 6.
6.  For e-Reserves, click on the appropriate item. In the screen that opens, click on the file name next to the document icon. (Please allow a few seconds for download.)
7.  A scanned copy of the e-reserve item will open.

Note: For optimal performance, download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader for free

Reserves Contacts and Location

Course Reserves is a unit of the Access Services Department. Staff may be contacted at the Circulation Desk, which is located on the 1st Floor of Library near the entrance.

Hours: Reserves may be accessed by students during normal library hours (e-reserves may be accessed 24/7).

Faculty reserve requests are processed Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.


Amy Jones, Head of Circulation,


Tara Custer, Access Services Technician,