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New Faculty: Course Reserves

Orientation information for new university faculty members on SU Libraries

Course Reserves

course reserves button as it appears on websiteSalisbury University faculty may submit materials to be placed on course reserve for the current or upcoming semester.

Physical copies are housed on the "reserve shelves" behind the Library Services Desk. These items are usually used in-library only and cannot be circulated outside the library. Materials can include library-owned books/DVDs which faculty would like students to share access to for the semester, as well as personal copies of resources which faculty bring in for students to use. Consider placing an extra copy of a course textbook on reserve. 

You may also put articles or book chapters on eReserve under your name -- students are able to access these 24/7 online.

A reserve request form needs to be submitted for each item to be placed on reserve. Only the faculty member teaching the course may submit course reserve requests.

Upon receiving a request, Access Services staff will begin to process the order and seek copyright permissions, if needed. Complete bibliographic information for any request is required to facilitate the process and ensure that staff is seeking permissions for the correct item. Any incomplete fields on the request forms will delay processing.

Submission Deadlines

Reserve items should be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester to ensure adequate time to process items and secure copyright clearance as needed.

Items are processed in the order requests are received, with additional priority given in the following order:

  1. off-campus online courses
  2. off-campus hybrid courses
  3. on campus face-to-face courses

All attempts are made to process materials promptly.


Items placed on e-Reserve will be password protected. After materials are processed, Access Services staff will e-mail faculty a password for each course, along with a direct link to the course page in the reserves catalog. Faculty may distribute the password to students on the syllabus, by email, or posting it into the course's Canvas page. Only faculty teaching courses with assigned online materials may distribute passwords to students. Faculty may not distribute passwords to any person not enrolled in the course.

Submitting Materials

Faculty may either submit the online request form and attach the article(s) or chapter(s), or come in person to the Library Services Desk at the Guerrieri Academic Commons to drop off a paper request form and any physical reserve items. The online submission forms require an SU login.

Books and Media Reserve Request Online Submission Form

If submitting a paper copy of an item, please help us process requests faster by making clean, single-sided copies with no staples.

You may also submit electronic copies of articles/chapters (PDF versions) as e-mail attachments (mail to after you fill out the Online Submission forms above.


If you have any questions or need assistance with Course Reserves, please contact:

Cassy Lewis, Reserves Assistant

Amy Jones, Head of Circulation