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Course Reserves

Merrill-Cazier Library, First Level, 797-2658

One of the University Library's services to the campus is the Course Reserves located on the first floor of the Merrill-Cazier Library in Library Media Collections. The purpose of this service is to ensure the accessibility of course-related materials to students. Most course materials placed on Reserve are now available to students in electronic format. Patrons may check out Reserve materials for a period of three hours.

Professors may request that heavily-used course-related materials be placed on Reserve. This procedure is commonly used for recommended class readings, sample exams, homework assignments or solutions, lecture notes, an instructor's personal books, etc. The short loan period provides increased student access to the materials.

Help for accessing Course Reserves:

Access to all physical course reserve material is located on the first floor of the Merrill-Cazier Library. You may search for the title, professor or course on the library’s homepage: library.usu.edu

Electronic reserve material can be accessed by logging into CANVAS at canvas.usu.edu and navigating to the eReserve folder under the files tab on the associated class’s page.

Placing Materials on Reserve:

Course materials should be delivered to the Merrill-Cazier Library Media Collections Desk in Library 158 for processing, along with a completed Placing Materials on Course Reserve Form, found below.

Non-book materials:
( 8 ½ x 11, single or double sided, black & white) will be scanned and available for students to read, download or print. We cannot scan irregular-sized paper, books or course packets. If the title of an article is not apparent, please indicate the title you would like us to use.
Books placed on reserve will appear as citations with instructions for checkout at the Merrill-Cazier Library Media Collections Desk. Up to 3 hard copies of books can be placed on reserve.

The library will process materials in order of receipt. If received by the end of fall semester, reserve materials will be available to students when spring semester commences. For materials submitted thereafter, please allow up to 2 weeks for availability

Placing materials on Course Reserve form
Removing materials from Course Reserve form

Questions or Concerns, contact:
Nick Gittins

If we do not hear from you by the last day of the semester,
we will return the hard copies of your Reserve materials to your department office.

Copyright Restrictions:


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, USC) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "Fair Use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. (General Rule: 10% of a book or 1 Chapter, whichever is less)

Placement of materials on reserve constitutes acceptance of the terms as set forth above.

Statement of Responsibility:


1. The same regulations and safeguards applicable to Library materials that are placed on Reserve apply to personal copies as well.

2. The Library does not assume responsibility for loss or damage to personal copies.

3. Professors are responsible for collecting their own material and bringing it to the Merrill-Cazier Library.

4. I have read the warning on copyright restrictions and accept full responsibility for compliance.

Placement of materials on reserve constitutes acceptance of the terms as set forth above.