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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

Course Reserves is located within the Access Services Department on the first floor of the library. The purpose of Course Reserves is to assist teaching faculty by providing a place where there is controlled circulation of traditional class material needed by their students. Course Reserves also makes available digital readings, images and sound files. Traditional and digital course lists are accessible through the Central Search.  Sign in to CENTRAL SEARCH prior to searching for specific course and content from Library homepage.  When searching select Course Reserves by Instructor or Course Name. The Media is located on the fourth floor of the library along with the Media equipment which contains DVD, VCR, CD, turntable and audiocassette players for student use with Course Reserve items.

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, 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 allows the library to make digital copies of book chapters, journal articles, class notes, and sound files available to students 24 hours, 7 days a week from any computer with an internet connection. Digital reserves is available from the same course reserves page in CONSULS as traditional reserves by clicking on the title of items that indicate "electronic copy available" to download a full text of the reading. Access to digital course reserves is limited to faculty, staff and students by using their BlueChip ID number and CONSULS PIN.

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

Kimberly Farrington

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Kim Farrington
Access Services Librarian
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