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Reserves General Information

Course Reserves

Saint Leo Cannon Memorial Library course reserves provide valuable readings and other materials that support the instructional requirements of specific courses.

• Print reserves are typically Books or Articles that faculty members have requested or given to us for in-library use of students. These items may be checked out for a 2-hour period from the circulation desk; students must hand over their Saint Leo IDs while in possession of a reserve item and are not permitted to leave the library

• E-Reserves are online items that a faculty member has asked to have placed in one convenient online location for students to access, usually on a LibGuide.

How to place on reserve

You may bring your physical materials to the circulation desk to be put on reserve, you will need to fill out the faculty reserve form. This form helps us understand how long you wish to keep your book on reserve and what class the book is being held for. This information comes in handy when students ask for a book and only know the courses name. To fill this form out ahead of time please refer to the forms section and use the faculty reserve form.

These materials are not held for more than one semester at a time, unless, it is a multi-user book we own. For Items the library owns please fill out the appropriate form located to the left under the forms section.


If the library does not own a given e-book in the collection, we will attempt to purchase multi-user access to the item requested through the faculty purchase form. If access cannot be purchased, instructors will be notified.


Please allow up to two weeks for the processing of requests.

Reserve Guidelines

Copyright Guidelines for Course Reserves are considered in compliance with U.S. Code: Title 17, Section 107 governing Fair Use. Copyrighted material that is placed on reserve will conform to the following:

  • Materials placed on reserve will be made available for students and faculty only while the requesting instructor is actually teaching the course, and will be removed after the course is no longer in session.
  • Book selections placed on electronic reserve from works under copyright will not exceed 15% of the total pages in the source.
  • Journal articles placed on electronic reserve from works under copyright will not exceed two articles from any issue of the publication.
  • The above limitations are cumulative over the course of the semester.
  • E-reserves that are reactivated in subsequent semesters for the same course/instructor may require copyright permission. Copyright permission will be sought by Course Reserves staff though the Copyright Clearance Center. Materials for which copyright permission is unavailable may be removed from reserve.


How do I know if my professor has placed materials on reserve? 

Click here to search by your course or instructor. 

How does a Faculty member place materials on reserve for their students?

Please use the appropriate forms, which are located in the forms section. 

For further information on course reserves please call (800) 359-5945

How to check our catalog for materials we own: