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Course Reserves: For Faculty

Use this guide to find answers to your questions about finding and using course reserves.

Need help with reserves?

For immediate assistance with Main Reserves from 8am - 5pm, call 419-372-7908 or email eres@bgsu.edu.  

After hours, call the Main Circulation Desk at 419-372-2051 or email circdesk@bgsu.edu.

For assistance with Music Reserves, call the Music Library at 419-372-2307 or email mlsra@bgsu.edu.

For assistance with Curriculum Resource Center reserves, call the CRC at 419-372-2956. 

For assistance with reserves at the Firelands Library, call 419-433-5560 ext. 20739.

Copyright Help

Anything that is placed on reserve must comply with copyright law. Most things placed on reserve qualify for a fair use exemption so you do not have to obtain permission from the rightsholder. As with many legal matters, opinions vary about what constitutes a fair use, but according to Section 107 of Title 17 (US Copyright Law) there are four factors that should be considered:

  • The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  • The nature of the copyrighted work
  • The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  • The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

A more thorough explanation of copyright law can be found at the sites below:

Fair Use information from the US Copyright Office

Copyright Crash Course 

Copyright FAQs from Stanford University  

If you should seek permission to use a work, see the Copyright Clearance Center.

How do I arrange course reserves for my class?

If you have any questions about the process at any point, please contact Gretchen Avery at 419-372-7908 or gavery@bgsu.edu. I am happy to answer questions or help you make arrangements for special situations.

Reserve Request Form (online)

Complete the online request form.

If you are requesting to place library-owned books on reserve, we will need the title and call number of the books or materials to complete the form. Please provide sufficient information to ensure accuracy in later steps.  We are happy to pull the items for you.  If you have the items already, please bring the books or materials to the Circulation Desk.   

If a requested item is checked out, we will recall the item. This process usually takes between one and two weeks.

If you are putting your own books or materials on reserve, please leave the call number field blank and either bring the items to the circulation desk or mail them to Gretchen Avery, Jerome Library #113. 

The faculty member chooses a loan period of 2 hours, 24 hours, or 72 hours. 2-Hour materials do not leave the building.  In our experience, textbooks or required readings work best as a 2 hour checkout. Supplemental readings work best as a 24 hour or 72-hour checkout.

At the end of the semester, faculty can choose to have their personally owned item returned or keep the item on reserve for another semester.

Faculty Circulation Survival Guide

Please read our Faculty Circulation Survival Guide for services offered to faculty. 

This guide includes information about proxy borrowing by your graduate assistant, loan periods, and other resources.

What can be put on reserve?

What can be put on reserve?

  • Books from the library's collection
  • Your personal books
  • Textbooks
  • Supplementary books
  • DVDs, Blu-ray discs, or VHS tapes (we have facilities for viewing them!)
  • Study aids such as previous years' quizzes

What can't be put on reserve?

  • OhioLINK books or books borrowed through Inter-library loan

Canvas: Linking Articles

EZProxy Prepend for BGSU:
http://ezproxy.bgsu.edu:8080/login?url=

When you save links in Canvas, they have to be both persistent and proxied in order to take you back to the same place again from on or off campus.

Not all persistent URLs are proxied URLs. Proxying a URL prompts off-campus users for a login.

For example:

Persistent URL from JSTOR
(will only work from on campus):
http://www.jstor.org/stable/3556958

Proxied persistent url from JSTOR
(will work from on or off campus):
http://ezproxy.bgsu.edu:8080/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/3556958

Some databases automatically format persistent urls as proxied, but if not, you can set them up yourself by adding

http://ezproxy.bgsu.edu:8080/login?url=

to the front of the URL, as in the example above. Having done this, the URL should prompt you for your BGSU login if you are off campus.