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Library Reserves enable faculty to share both library material, and personally owned material, with students in a controlled lending environment. Limited loan periods ensure students enrolled in a particular course have access to high demand materials. Physical materials are located behind the library service desk and digital materials are located on a course specific webpage that can be embedded into BlackBoard, see instructions below.

How to place an item on Reserve

  • Library-owned material can be placed on Reserve by submitting the Reserve Form.
  • Faculty-owned material can be placed on Reserve by submitting the Reserve Form and dropping off the physical materials at the Library Service Desk. 
  • Electronic materials that go beyond what an educational exception or Fair Dealing would allow for under the Copyright Act may be licensed and placed on Reserve. Submit the Reserve Form and the Copyright Specialist will be in touch to discuss options.
  • Information about the usage of past Reserves is available upon request. 

Reserve materials can include:

  • High-demand books.
  • High-demand DVD's.
  • Physical journal articles.
  • Licensed materials.
  • Student projects from previous semesters with permission from the student. 

Reserve material cannot include:

  • Workbooks or Assignment sheets unless created by the instructor. 
  • Unlicensed printouts or photocopies of a text.
  • Electronic journal articles held by the library. You can create a permalink to this content for use in BlackBoard. 
  • Freely available content on the Web. The Library can assist you in setting up a permalink to this content for use in BlackBoard. 

For more information about Library Reserves contact Laura Gunn

Reserve Licensing

The Library can assist you with obtaining licensing for materials that exceed the Fair Dealing or education exceptions allotments in the Copyright Act. A license will often give us permission to make use of a specific work for a specific class, usually for a fee. In these cases, the Library will set up E-Reserve access for your class only. 

Materials that often require licensing:

  • Multiple chapters of a text.
  • Business cases.
  • Digitization of a DVD.

The process for obtaining licensing varies dependent on the copyright holder. It's important to give the Library plenty of time to track down licensing that can take anywhere from days to weeks to months. 

Contact the Copyright Specialist as soon as possible.

Reserve Request Form

Reserve requests can be submitted online or via the form below.

Adding Reserves to Blackboard

Want to add a direct link to Reserves in your Blackboard course? Check out the step-by-step guide above. Students can access reserve materials added to Blackboard without needing a password.

MHC Reserve Policy