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Adding or Removing Materials on Reserve

Course materials 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 microfilm. These can 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). Please note - you must have filled out the Course Reserve Request form AND this LEDS Pick-Up Request form. 

Removing Reserves Materials

  • At the end of each semester, Reserves staff will remove the library-owned materials for that semester off Course Reserve and return them to the general collection. To claim your personal copies, please email


Policies and Practices


  • 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 in Canvas.

  • eReserve access is limited to those enrolled in the Canvas course only. 

  • Materials to be copied or scanned for electronic reserve must be in legal possession by the library. 

  • Instructors must pick up their personal copies within one month after the end of a semester or they will be considered donations to the Course Reserve collection. 

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:

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."


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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