Physical Reserves

Physical reserves are hard copies of books, journals, DVDs, and CDs, set aside for use by a specific class. They are shelved at the Library Services Desk for the semester during which they are needed, checked out to students for two hours, and are for use within the library only. Students and instructors must check out physical reserve items at the Library Services Desk.

We strongly encourage faculty to use Moodle Electronic Reserves ( as much as possible this fall. Due to COVID19, we will need to quarantine print reserves materials after they are returned for at least 24 hours. This may require more scanning than is deemed "reasonable" in normal times. However, as stated in the Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research As long as we are being thoughtful in our analysis and limiting our activities to the specific needs of our patrons during this time of crisis, copyright law supports our uses. The fair use doctrine accommodates the flexibility required by our shared public health crisis, enabling society to function and progress while protecting human life and safety.” This includes our collective teaching and learning endeavors.

Guidelines for Physical Reserves 

  • To request print reserves, or arrange for the drop off of personal copies, email Katy Ritter or call (309) 556-3172. Please include your reading list or syllabus in your email, with complete citation information for books, CDs, and DVDs. Title, author, and call number are required. This information helps us expedite your request so it is ready as soon as possible.
  • Physical copies obtained through interlibrary loan cannot be placed on reserve. Only library owned material or instructor owned personal copies may be used. Photocopies of journal articles and small selections from books obtained through interlibrary loan may be placed on physical reserve.
  • Dubbed or copied DVDs, CDs, VHS or audio cassettes cannot be placed on physical reserve. This includes programs recorded from television or material taken from the internet.
  • No more than 20% of the total page number from a book, work of prose or play can be photocopied for physical reserve.
  • Instructor owned copies are allowed one-time use. For future use Reserves will contact your liaison librarian for purchase or seek permission for use.

For information on copyright, please visit the Copyright Guide. For questions or additional information about print reserves please email Katy Ritter, or call (309) 556-3172.