Mendel Music Library - Reserves

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All reserve assignments are made available in Canvas for the duration of the semester. You have the option to create your own reserve resources. If you need a refresher or instructions on how to do this, the Library provides a brief tutorial and related information at the following page:

You can also request Mendel staff to assist with your course reserves.
Please submit your requests as soon as you can to allow sufficient time for processing. If you do not have the entire list of items needed for reserve, you may submit whatever portion you do have, and add additional items later.

When requesting items for reserves, please include as many details as possible, so we can be sure to obtain the exact items you need. ISBN and ISSN numbers are helpful, as are the year, publisher, edition and call number (if a Princeton item).  

This fall we will continue to offer controlled digital lending (CDL) for reserve, so fully scanned books may be checked out and read online. For copyright reasons, sections from CDL items cannot be downloaded and saved or printed. You may specify a preference for physical items or CDL by adding a note to the book request form. The standard checkout period for both physical items and CDL items is three hours. The number of copies that are available to be checked out simultaneously is equal to the number of copies the library owns, or in the case of licensed content, will be determined by the terms of the license. Every effort will be made to have multiple copies available in relation to class size. The library normally provides one copy per 15 students. As the loan periods are short and some students have their own copies of material, this normally provides enough access.  If this is not sufficient for specific needs, please let us know. We also make articles and chapters available via pdf.


Additional information about reserve materials:


Video recordings in all formats can be made available by the Library for reserve use at Video Services. Registered students can also view assigned video content via Canvas at any time during the semester. For further information, contact Barbara McLaughlin ( at 609‐258‐0739 or

Sound recordings are available for reserve use through the Mendel Music Library. Upon request, the library will extract sound files from CDs and LPs required for listening assignments. The audio files cannot be downloaded. The library cannot accommodate or share personal downloads from, for example, iTunes, or Amazon.

CDs and LPs, as well as print material can also be placed on physical reserves, available on loan at the Music Library Reserve Desk for 3 hours (Graduate material for 24 hours). Email

Copyright law and fair use standards impose limits on print material scanned for use as reserve. Typically, only 20% of an entire book or journal can be scanned, For more information about the Library’s application of copyright law, see the Copyright website (

Purchase orders for books, sound and video recordings may require several weeks. Please submit requests for new material as soon as possible. To expedite orders, be sure to specify ISBN, edition, publisher, and date in addition to the title and author’s name.

If you have any questions or concerns about Reserves you may contact me at  or contact Reserve staff at