Course Reserves FAQ

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 place on reserve. Personal copies of materials to be placed on reserve should be delivered to the location where you want your students to have access:

  • JMU Libraries Express, main desk/Rose Library, Ask the Library desk or mailed via campus mail to The Hub, Room 1002, MSC 1704, ATTENTION: April Beckler.
  • Music Library, Music Building B59 or mailed via campus mail to Music Library, B60, MSC 7301, ATTENTION: Wynn Culbertson.
  • ETMC (Educational Technologies & Media Center), Memorial Hall, Rm. 7260 main desk or mailed via campus mail to ETMC, Rm. 7260, MSC 6910, ATTENTION: Rabia Lieber.
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 JMU Libraries Express 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 eBooks be placed on reserve?

Yes, when licensing allows, eBooks purchased by JMU Libraries can be linked to course reserve lists. Printouts of eBooks 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 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 physical items I’ve had placed on reserve?

Physical materials must be checked out in person — students come to the main desk of the service point designated and request the item by title.

Media Reserves

Video or nonprint media can be made available at Rose Library, JMU Libraries Express, the Music Library, or ETMC 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:

Items Owned by the Library

Instructors may request that books or media owned by the library be placed on reserve at Rose Library, JMU Libraries Express, the Music Library, or ETMC. Where licensing allows, eBooks purchased by JMU Libraries can be linked to course reserve lists 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. Course 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 the 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 assess 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