Reserves Guidelines for Faculty

Electronic Reserves

Our policy:

  • Scans from books and journals must be limited and the scope, nature, and extent of the copying must be within the reasonable limits of fair use. For information on fair use considerations for reserves, see Contact Camilla MacKay (Scholarly Communications Librarian), with questions.
  • Canaday Library will assist in obtaining copyright permission when needed.
  • Materials will not be placed on reserve for more than one semester in any given year without obtaining the copyright holder's permission.
  • All use of materials placed on electronic reserves will be solely at the initiative of faculty and solely for the non-commercial educational usage of students.
  • Audio visual materials placed on reserve must be legally acquired in compliance with United States copyright laws. The Library will accept videos and dvds that are owned by the Tri-college libraries or by faculty, students, or other agents of the Colleges. Personal copies will be returned at the end of the course.

Access electronic reserves via Moodle.

Book & Video Reserves

The libraries keep course materials behind the circulation desk for short-term access. Reserve books and dvds circulate to students for 3 hours with 2, 3-hour renewals, and to faculty for 7 days with 2, 7-day renewals.

IMPORTANT: For e-book titles to be used in your courses, please ask that the e-book and/or a print version be purchased for reserve via the request form below. We "rent" and do not "own" most of the e-book titles in Tripod, and unless you request a specific title be purchased, the publisher may remove its availability in a "rent-able" e-version from our vendor. Simply linking to the Tripod record for an e-book in your Moodle course will not guarantee its continued availability, unless we specifically purchase it. If you wish to put an e-book on reserve that we don't already have in Tripod, you may request it through this form. Please be aware that not all books are available as e-books and not all e-books are available for library use. If you request an e-book and we cannot acquire it, we will acquire a print copy of the book.


All reserve requests should be submitted via the applicable online request form:


Canaday Book Reserve Request

Canaday Video Reserve Request

Carpenter Reserve Request (books and videos)

Collier Reserve Request (books and videos)

Please note:

  • You must research your requests in Tripod before completing this request form. You will be required to provide information from the Tripod records for materials already in the library.
  • If the item is at Bryn Mawr, please provide the title, the call number, and the book's location.
  • If the item is not at Bryn Mawr, it will be acquired as quickly as possible.
  • All items will be kept on reserve until the end of the semester, unless otherwise requested.

Personal Copy items

  • Please bring your personal books and dvds that you would like your students to have access to the Circulation Desk of the appropriate library to be placed on reserve. Library staff will add the materials into Tripod and place them on reserve for you within 48 hours, Monday through Friday. Please indicate your name and the course title on the form. Please also write your name on the item itself.
  • The library assumes no responsibility for lost personal copy items.

Items not eligible for reserve:

  • ILL or E-ZBorrow books
  • Rented or borrowed films

Turnaround time

Reserve requests are processed in the order in which they are received, Monday through Friday. Items may be added throughout the semester. 

Access print reserves via Tripod.