Reserve Guidelines for Faculty

The Course Reserves service allows faculty to place physical and electronic materials on reserve. 

Physical Reserves

Physical items—books, audio CDs, and video recordings in various formats—can be placed on reserve for any course. The items must either be owned by the Princeton University Library or lent to the library by the course instructor; items obtained via Interlibrary Loan or Borrow Direct cannot serve as course reserves. ReCAP items may not be placed on reserve unless they are owned by Princeton. The Library will rush order any required item not owned, but all orders require time for fulfillment, given potential shortages and shipping delays. The Library does not purchase coursepacks, but will accept them for use as reserves. 

Electronic Reserves

The Library can make individual book chapters, journal and newspaper articles, audio and video clips, etc., available for electronic reserve. The primary function of these services is to assure that students and teachers have timely access to course-related library resources. 

The Library complies with all applicable copyright laws. The following standards apply to the use of copyrighted works as electronic reserves: 

  • inclusion of materials on electronic reserve will be at the request of the instructor, or his or her designate, for educational purposes only;
  • the Library must possess a lawfully obtained copy of any material requested for use as e-reserves;
  • each e-reserves selection will include a citation of the source publication and a form of copyright notice;
  • access to e-reserves will be terminated at the end of each semester following final examinations;
  • Library reserves staff will investigate whether materials requested as e-reserves are available through an electronic database and will provide stable links to such readings when possible;
  • the Library, with the advice of the Office of the General Counsel, will ascertain that the quantity of material requested for use as e-reserves from any source does not exceed current fair use guidelines and will seek permission from the rights holder for any request exceeding fair use;
  • Library staff will remove materials available through the e-reserves service at the conclusion of each semester;
  • The Library will not charge students for access to e-reserves materials.

To place a reserves request, please log into Blackboard or Canvas. For further information, see How to Submit Requests

General purchase requests not related to reserves should be made by submitting a Purchase Recommendation