Course Reserves

We plan to reinstate circulation of print course reserves for Fall 2021. Please note that this could change, depending on Protect Purdue guidelines.

For Students: Find Your Course Materials

If your instructor has added a Library Reading List to your course, you will find access to your materials in your Brightspace course. Not sure? Check with your instructor and/or your course syllabus.

For Instructors: Library Reading Lists and Copyright

We encourage instructors to use Libraries e-Resources in your online courses. Information on how to navigate our online collections can be found here: Purdue Libraries Online Access and E-Resources Center. Note the collection of free resources available from publishers during the COVID19 pandemic on the left side of the guide.

Library Reading Lists

Starting fall 2020 through summer 2021, we will no longer circulate our print course reserve materials. Instructors are encouraged to take advantage of our new Library Reading List tool for electronic course reserves (example below), integrated with Brightspace. Library Reading Lists enable you to easily create, manage, and share course reading lists that engage students and foster meaningful learning, while saving you time and effort. With Library Reading Lists, you can assemble electronic resources (including library resources) of all types - ebooks, online or digitized book chapters, scholarly articles, videos, newspaper articles, websites, and more - to create a structured, comprehensive reading list (subject to copyright). You can build a reading list by yourself or collaborate with others, such as colleagues or library staff. Library Reading Lists are directly integrated with your course site in Brightspace and make it simple for students to access all of the resources you’ve selected.

Library Reading List example

How to create a Library Reading List for your courses: Instructor Documentation

Recording available on YouTube from a webinar held on November 17, 2020.

Need assistance? Feel free to email us at and we'll get you started.

Can't find what you need in our collection?

Purchase requests for all materials can be made through the Library Reading List process OR you can email your list to us. If you'd like to use a Library Reading List, please see the documentation link above for more information. Textbooks may be difficult to obtain electronically.

Reach out to a liaison librarian to help locate material that is readily available online: Get Help

Copyright and Fair Use for Course Reserves

General Information

All materials on course reserves must be in compliance with the U.S. Copyright Act. For information or assistance in determining copyright status, please visit the University Copyright Office.

Materials are eligible to be placed on reserve if they meet any of the following criteria:

  1. Works in the public domain. Such works include, a) Works that were published in the United States prior to 1925 except for musical works or b) Works produced by the U.S. Federal Government.
  2. Works where written permission to use has been obtained from the copyright holder.
  3. Works that qualify for fair use.

If you are requesting scans of books/journals, etc. in any of your reading lists, you will be asked to make this determination before we can proceed.

Instructor Responsibilities

  1. Materials submitted to reserves must support the course curriculum.
  2. Instructors will provide materials to the Libraries that have been legally obtained and are in compliance with the U.S. Copyright Act.
  3. Only the amount of the work needed to meet the educational purpose should be provided and posted. Entire copies of books and textbooks are not allowed unless permission has been obtained from the copyright holder.
  4. Use of the materials will be restricted to those students officially enrolled in the course.
  5. Clips of videos will be allowed to be posted but authorization must be obtained from the copyright holder for full length videos.

Libraries Responsibilities

  1. Libraries will not scan articles or books that have electronic full text access through Purdue Libraries. We will link to those materials in the Library Reading List.
  2. Final determination of whether or not the materials are eligible for reserves is the Libraries. The Libraries also reserve the right to remove any materials for legal or administrative reasons.
  3. Materials will remain on reserves for no longer than the length of the course.

Student Responsibilities

  1. Course reserve materials may not be duplicated or distributed in any format. They are solely for personal use for the designated course and may not be shared beyond that course.

Fall 2021 Deadlines

For August 23, 2021 Classes
Requests due by August 9, 2021

**Please note that these deadlines include submitting requests for purchase**

Any requests received after the deadlines will be processed, but cannot be guaranteed ready before classes begin.

Submitting Requests

The old course reserve form is no longer being used. Please use one of the two options below to submit requests.

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