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Course Reserves : Guidelines for Faculty

All about Course Reserves

Important Numbers

Circulation:  860-832-3404

Interlibrary Loan:  860-832-3408

Reserves:  860-832-3406

Stacks Maintenance: 860-832-3402

Guidelines for Faculty

Course Reserve Information for Faculty

The purpose of Course Reserves is to assist the teaching faculty by providing a facility in which there is
controlled circulation of class material needed by their students. Traditional and digital course lists are
accessible through CENTRAL SEARCH by Instructor or Course Name.  Signing into CENTRAL SEARCH first is essential for locating the material.

Traditional Reserves

The materials for reserve may consist of:

  • Library books, videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs.
  • 1 copy of a photocopied article, chapter etc., as allowed by the "Fair Use" guidelines of the Federal Copyright Law.
  • Class notes, personal books, personal copies of journals, videos, DVDs, CDs, CD-ROMs, audiocassettes etc.

These materials may be placed on reserve by bringing them to the Reserves office, located on the first floor in Access Services, and filling out a course list form or sending an email to for library materials. They will be processed in order of receipt. Please allow at least 2 weeks during the first few weeks of the semester. There is no deadline for submitting materials for reserve.

Please include a copy of the course syllabus.

Important! All photocopies must include a credit line with the author, book or journal title, publisher and copyright date or volume & number from the work copied. No items will be processed without this information.

Personal copies placed on reserve will be security stripped, labeled, barcoded and cataloged, unless requested otherwise.

Items Ineligible for Course Reserve

  • Items from other libraries may not be placed on reserve.
  • Custom anthologies or course packs without copyright permission cannot be placed on reserve
  • .Burritt library periodicals, reference books, government documents and rare books may not be placed on reserve.


Digital Reserves

Digital Reserves allow the library to make digital copies of book chapters, journal articles, class notes, images and sound files available to students 24 hours, 7 days a week from any computer with an internet connection. Digital reserves are available through CENTRAL SEARCH (select Course Reserves) searchable by Instructor or Course Name as traditional reserves by clicking on the titles that indicate “online access” and then by clicking on “files/(pdf)” to download a full text of the reading. Access to digital course reserves is limited to faculty, staff and students BlueNet ID and password.  It is strongly recommended to sign into CENTRAL SEARCH first, prior to searching for Course Reserve materials.

Please see the guide How To Submit Digital Course Materials for more information. For questions about the Reserve Room, please email or phone (860) 832-3406.

Kimberly Farrington

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Kim Farrington
Access Services Librarian
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