FAQ Course Reserve

What is Course Reserve?

Course Reserve is a service the library offers that allows instructors to place shortened checkout periods on high-use items for class assignments. All JMU Libraries materials assigned for your course — textbooks, fiction, non-fiction — can be placed on reserve at the library location of your choosing. Personal copies of assigned books and media can also be placed on reserve in most cases. For some students who are unable to (or prefer not to) purchase assigned materials, checking them out of the library for short periods of time can be a great alternative.

How do I place items on reserve?

We have an online request form that can be accessed by using your JMU e-ID and password. Complete the Course Information section of the form, then populate the citation information for each JMU Libraries owned item being requested for this course, taking advantage of the “Add Another Row” option if required. Feel free to email reserves @jmu.edu (preferred) or call April Beckler 568-4102 if you run into any problems.

Can I place personal items on reserve?

Yes! Copyright compliant personal copies of books, media, hard copy periodicals, and purchased reprints and consumables (workbooks, published tests, answer sheets) may be placed on reserve. Personal copies of materials to be placed on reserve may be brought to the Ask the Library desk(s) at Carrier or Rose Library or mailed via campus mail to Course Reserves, Carrier Library, MSC 1704, Attention: April Beckler. Be sure to attach a note that includes your name, course and section number.

What are my options for check-out periods?

Reserve materials at Carrier and Rose Library can be placed on reserve for a 4-hour or 4-day checkout period. Media reserves are 4-hour only, and reserve items at the Music Library can be checked out for 4-hours with overnight use.

Can e-books be placed on reserve?

Yes, when licensing allows, e-books purchased by JMU Libraries can be linked to course reserve records. Printouts of e-books will not be placed on reserve.

What if JMU doesn’t own a copy of a book I’m assigning for my course?

Reserve staff collaborates with Liaison Librarians to order new materials for JMU Libraries’ collection when they are requested for course reserve use. Please send requests for purchase of materials for course reserve to reserves@jmu.edu and specify what course these materials should be added to upon receipt at JMU Libraries.

Can reserve items be renewed?

No, to ensure fair access to the item, renewals are not allowed.

How do my students access items I’ve had placed on reserve?

Students can view a list of items on reserve for your course by entering your last name or the course number here to verify location and availability. Materials must be checked out in person — come to the front “Ask the Library” desk at Carrier and Rose Library and request the item by title.

Media Reserves

Video or nonprint media can be made available at Carrier, Rose and Music for use outside of class time. Library media and compliant personal copies may be put on reserve.

Music Library Reserves

All faculty may place personal material and material FROM ANY JMU LIBRARY on reserve in the Music Library. We encourage and support placing digital items directly into your Canvas course. We offer loan periods of 4-hours in library for personal items and 4-hours/overnight use for library owned items. If you need technical assistance or would like to consult about the best method, contact: library-music@jmu.edu.

Items Owned by the Library

Instructors may request that books or media owned by the library be placed on reserve at Carrier Library, Rose Library, or the Music Library. Where licensing allows, e-books purchased by JMU Libraries can be linked to course reserve records as well. No current or bound volumes of periodicals owned by the library can be placed on reserve.

Items Owned by the Instructor

Personal copies of materials may be placed on reserve. The reserve staff makes every effort to ensure the security of items placed on reserve, however, we assume no liability for personal copies that are lost or damaged.

Items Not Owned by the Library or the Instructor

In collaboration with Liaison Librarians, we’re able to order new materials for the collection that can be put on reserve at any JMU library location. Materials obtained through Interlibrary Loan cannot be placed on reserve.

Copyright Compliance

Instructors using reserves are responsible for complying with current copyright law and regulations. Please refer to the Reserves Copyright Guidelines to answer basic questions on copyright.

JMU Libraries reserves the right to decline placing any item on reserve that lacks copyright permission if the nature, scope, or extent is judged by the library to exceed the reasonable limits of fair use.

Documents placed onto course websites or into Canvas course sites are not under the control of JMU Libraries and are not reviewed for copyright compliance. However, we are glad to consult with faculty to provide resources to enable you to asses copyright fair use, digitize materials, and post those materials to your Canvas course pages. For additional guidance, you may contact Howard Carrier, Liaison Librarian and Copyright Advisor, at carriehs@jmu.edu.

Contact Course Reserves

  • General reserves questions, email reserves@jmu.edu (preferred), or call April Beckler at 568-4102.
  • Music Library reserves questions, email library-music@jmu.edu, or call Zach Sensabaugh at 568.8035.