Course Reserves

Reserve materials are supplemental items related to assigned coursework. The materials placed on reserve may be tangible materials, which are housed at the Circulation desk on the first floor, or electronic copies of materials that are accessed via the internet. Materials made available electronically (E-Reserves) are password protected and can only be accessed by AUM students enrolled in the course or AUM faculty teaching the course. The AUM Library’s policy for course reserve services is consistent with the fair use provisions of the United States Copyright Act of 1976, as amended. To determine if materials fall into the fair use category, use the Fair Use Checklist as a guide and see the additional copyright questions.

FAQs - Reserves

FAQs - Copyright


  • Traditional Reserves

These items are found at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Library. You will need your student ID to use them. Most reserve items are for in-library use only. Overdue fines are charged on all traditional reserves.

These reserve items are in electronic format. They can be accessed via Blackboard.



Submitting Reserve Requests

Note: Interlibrary loan items and non-circulating items may not be placed on reserve.

  • Use E-Reserves, the library’s reserve system, to submit reserve requests. E-Reserves can be accessed via Blackboard. To learn more about the Course Reserve system, visit our Course Reserve page. Requests will be processed in the order they are received. Allow at least two weeks for processing. More time may be needed if copyright permission is required. Most electronic reserves will require copyright permission.
  • Please include the full bibliographic citation for all materials. Select either the traditional or the electronic option for your reserve materials.
  • Library staff members will pull the items to be placed on reserve, or if you prefer, you may bring the items to the Circulation Desk. If you are using personal copies of items, please bring them to the Circulation Desk.
  • The Reserve Department will seek copyright clearance as needed and pay permission fees as funding allows. If copyright permission is not granted or there are other problems, you will be informed as quickly as possible so that you may make other arrangements.
  • Overdue fines are charged on traditional reserves.
  • Reserve materials are removed from reserve after the class has ended or at the end of the term.

Questions should be addressed to Karen Williams, Access Services & Interlibrary Loan Librarian at 244-3445.