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Course Reserves Guidelines

Electronic Reserves in Moodle

    • 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 for the current semester when needed. Materials will not be placed on reserve for more than one semester 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.
    • Audiovisual 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 members of the College community. Personal copies will be returned at the end of the course.

Book and Video Reserves

All reserve requests should be submitted through one of the request forms:

Canaday Book Reserve Request

Canaday Video Reserve Request

Carpenter Reserve Request (Contact Laura Surtees with questions about Carpenter reserves

Collier Reserve Request (Contact Terri Freedman with questions about Collier reserves)

Please note:

    • You will be required to provide the title, call number, and location from the Tripod records for materials already in the library. Haverford and Swarthmore materials can be put on reserve or we may acquire a copy for Bryn Mawr.
    • If the item is not at Bryn Mawr or in the Trico, it will be acquired as quickly as possible.
    • All items will be kept on reserve until the end of the semester unless otherwise requested.
    • 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 through the request form. 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. 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, but will not otherwise preemptively acquire print copies.

The libraries keep course materials behind the circulation desk and titles can be viewed in Tripod. Reserve books and dvds circulate to students for 3 hours with two 3-hour renewals, and to faculty for 7 days with two 7-day renewals.

When reserves are requested, one item should be available for every twenty students enrolled in a course. The enrollment limit figures in Bionic will determine the number of copies on reserve. If a faculty member puts a personal copy on reserve, library staff will make their best attempt to find additional copies for purchase when the course enrollment exceeds 20. If a faculty member requests a physical copy for reserve and the library already has an electronic or streaming version, the electronic or streaming version may serve as the second and higher copies, and both the physical and e-formats will be put on reserve. Supplementary and optional readings on reserve will not be subject to the 1 copy per 20 students rule.

Personal Copy items

    • Bring personal books and dvds for reserve to the Circulation Desk of the appropriate library. Please write your name on the item itself. If necessary, library staff will then order additional copies, based on enrollment totals for your course.
    • 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.