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Feinberg Library Reserves

Electronic reserve is an effective way to make course readings or samples of assignments and exams available to your students. E-reserves are there for your students 24/7 and usually are posted in convienient PDF or MS word files. E-reserves are password protected, so you can be sure only your students will have access to the materials. Standard library reserve copyright restrictions apply, so feel free to contact us to discuss your reserve needs. Entire books for example, cannot be scanned into E-reserves, but can still be placed on physical reserve.

If you want to continue use of specific reserve materials beyond one semester,  you must make arrangements with the copyright holders to obtain permissions. Look to the right  side column of this page for information on obtaining permissions. If you are interested in using student work, it is good practice to have a letter of permission from the student.

E-reserves can be incorporated into the Moodle or ANGEL course management systems through direct linking to articles, e-journals, or e-books in the Feinberg library's online collection, or through a link from your course into the library E-reserve system. Faculty and students may choose to post or link to copyrighted materials on password protected course sites. A course site must be private and password protected for the enrolled students in the course (as well as the selected other individuals a faculty might include such as a colleague or teaching assistant), and cannot be an open web site in order to qualify for educational fair use exemptions from the copyright law.

Duke University's Guidelines for Electronic Course Content


SUNY Plattsburgh's Reserve request

Place your course reserve requests with Feinberg Library

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