Course Reserves for Faculty

Placing Electronic Materials on Reserve

Contact the library if you have electronic materials to put on reserve. 

PDFs of material not licensed by the library can be placed on reserve. We can make scans for you provided the physical material is owned by the UMC Library or the instructor. We will contact you for clarification when needed. Please allow at least 1 week for processing.

Please familiarize yourself with the General Principles for Fair Use in Education. For further information about copyright, see Copyright, Licenses, and Permissions below.

If you are having trouble viewing your online reserve page or readings, contact Keri Youngstrand at 218-281-8395 or email

Placing Physical Materials on Reserve

To place physical items on reserve at the library, contact Krista Proulx at 218-281-8398 or email Please submit requests 1 week prior to using course reserve material. Instructors can choose either a 3-hour or a 1-day loan period. We process requests in the order they are received. It is possible that materials become ready same-day. 

Removing Physical Materials from Reserve

At the end of the spring semester, we will contact instructors regarding items that are currently on reserve. Unless an instructor indicates otherwise, we will remove the item and send personal copies back to the instructor.

Copyright, Licenses, and Permissions

Conditions of Use: Something may be copied and made available for course reserves when the material copied is:

  • In the public domain
  • Used with permission from the copyright holder
  • Used under the provisions of a contract or license agreement (agreements may differ from, and often take precedence over, what is allowed under copyright law) or
  • Used under the provision of Fair Use (U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. Section 107), as outlined in the Classroom Guidelines or as determined using a case-by-case, four-factor analysis.

Instructor Responsibilities: Course reserve materials are routinely subject to controls that restrict access to registered students and their instructors. In some cases, materials may be made available after an assessment by the instructor that such a use is a fair use under copyright law. All such uses are based on the University of Minnesota Libraries' General Principles of Fair Use in Education and Policy on Fair Use of Copyrighted Works.

When copyrighted works are used for reserves under the provisions of Fair Use (Section 107), instructors are responsible for:

  • Ensuring all materials used support course-related teaching, scholarship, or research.
  • Determining, on a case-by-case basis, whether the use of a copyrighted work requires permission or qualifies as fair use. 
  • Making arrangements for permissions when they are needed. Contact the library for help if you determine that you need to use items that require copyright permission.
  • Copying only the amount of material needed to accomplish the specific educational purpose. In consultation with library staff, instructors will determine any limits on the amount of material to be used.