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Course Reserve Information for Faculty

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Physical course reserves will not be available for the Spring 2021 semester. We are accepting requests for electronic course reserves, which are uploaded directly into Canvas. Please read our "Personal Copy for Scanning" section below to learn more about how we can create digital scans from instructors' personal copy of textbooks.

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Adding or Removing Materials on Reserve

Supplemental materials for courses may be placed on course reserve for the semester when the course is offered. Materials placed on reserve in the libraries may include books, videos/DVDs, and physical objects and may be items from the Libraries’ collection or personal copies belonging to the instructor. Online materials such as e-books, links to articles, streaming videos, and scanned physical items may also be placed on electronic reserve through Canvas. Any items placed on electronic reserve must meet FSU Libraries’ Policies & Practices, which follow the conditions of copyright law.

Placing Materials on Reserve

  • Requests for items to be placed on course reserve should be submitted using the online form.
  • Any items that need to be on reserve for the first week of the semester should be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • Reserves requests submitted once the semester has begun will be processed within 5 business days.
  • Instructors may request that the Libraries pick up their personal items to place on course reserve using the Library Express Delivery Service (LEDS)

Removing Reserves Materials

  • To remove materials from reserve or to pick up personal materials on reserve, please contact the Reserves Office in advance by email:


Policies and Practices

Fair Use

When placing items on electronic reserve, Florida State University Libraries follow the United States Copyright Act of 1976. Specifically, the Copyright Act addresses four factors in Section 107 which determine Fair Use of copyrighted materials.

These factors are:

  1. Purpose- The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational use;
  2. Nature- The nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. Amount- The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole;
  4. Effect- The effect of the use upon the potential market for and value of the copyrighted work

Streaming Videos

Before submitting a request for streaming video, please review the following guide to using the Libraries' streaming video collections and other models for providing streaming access in your course:

In cases where streaming access is not available through the Libraries' licensed collections, please note that adequate educational licensing may not be available for the content in question. When such options do exist, licensing costs can be high and staff time involved with licensing/making titles available can be considerable. To qualify for consideration, streaming video purchase requests at Florida State University Libraries must meet certain criteria. Please contact your subject librarian for further information:


  • Materials placed on Reserve must be for the educational use of students.
  • A copyright notice will be displayed with each item in the online course reserve system.
  • Citations will be listed for each item placed in the online course reserve system.
  • Access is limited to students enrolled in class through the course reserve system in Canvas.
  • Materials to be copied or scanned for electronic reserve will be in legal possession by the library, instructor, or other designated unit of the university.
  • Copies made of any reserve materials must be for private study, personal research, or education of the students in the designated course.reserves. Copyright permissions will be obtained as needed.
  • Both physical and electronic items will be taken down from the reserves shelf and Canvas at the end of a course.

Items that Can Be Place on Course Reserve:

  • Books in their original format that are legally owned by the FSU Libraries or a faculty member
  • Media in its original format that is legally owned by the FSU Libraries or a faculty member
  • Works or sections of works in the public domain
  • Works or sections of works produced by the U.S. government
  • Portions of books, journal articles, and other print resources that fall within "fair use"
  • Materials created by the instructor for the course Copyrighted materials for which the instructor has obtained permission and supplied written documentation of that permission

Items that Cannot Be Placed on Course Reserve:

  • Consumables, such as workbooks
  • Course packs
  • Personally reproduced versions of copyrighted films, television programs, documentaries, sound recordings, etc.
  • Excessive portions of copyrighted works that exceed fair use
  • Works prohibited by licensing restrictions

FSU Libraries reserve the right to refuse to place materials on reserve if they deem that those materials exceed fair use and would constitute copyright infringement.

Location of Reserve Items

All physical reserves, such as textbooks, DVDs, microfilm, and more are located behind the circulation desk at their respective libraries.

Electronic Reserves or "e-reserves", such as digital copies of journal articles, scanned portions of monographs, and films for streaming are uploaded to the course's Canvas page in a folder tiled "e-reserves."

Personal Copy for Scanning

Need a digital scan of a personal text created and uploaded to your Canvas site? We can help!

First, fill out your Course Reserves Scanning Request form, found here

Next, bring us the book!

How to Drop off Your Book


Simply bring your text to the circulation desk at either Strozier or Dirac, provide the staff with your contact and course information, and we’ll do the rest!


If you’d prefer not to enter the library, we can accept texts at the outdoor book drop on the steps of Strozier Library! 

  1. Download and print out our Personal Copy for Scanning Form, here.

    1. Affix the form to the inside cover of your text.
    2. Place your book in a plastic bag. Clear Ziploc bags preferred.
    3. Leave the text in the outdoor book drop on the steps of Strozier Library. 
    4. Our team will email you when we’ve received the book!

Please note: 

  • That filling out the Personal Copy Scanning form is very important. Otherwise, we won’t be able to identify your ownership of the text and return it to you.
  • Scanning of personal copies is limited to the same copyright restrictions as library owned texts. To familiarize yourself with the guidelines, please visit the Course Reserves homepage. 
  • All scans are uploaded to the designated Canvas site for your course. 
  • Once your scans are completed, you’ll receive an email to arrange the pick up of your materials either in-library or through our Curbside Pick Up service!

To ensure the health and safety of our staff, all personal copies received by the library must be quarantined for a period of four days before a scan can be made. 

Need your book scanned in a hurry? Staff at Strozier and Dirac can assist you with our many scanning tools, available in the library!



The Course Reserves Team can be contacted at

Student Information

Student information can be found on the Student Reserves information page.


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