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Adding or Removing Materials on Reserve

Supplemental materials for courses may be placed on course reserve for the semester when the course is offered. Materials placed on reserve in the libraries may include books, videos/DVDs, and physical objects and may be items from the Libraries’ collection or personal copies belonging to the instructor. Online materials such as e-books, links to articles, streaming videos, and scanned physical items may also be placed on electronic reserve through Canvas. Any items placed on electronic reserve must meet FSU Libraries’ Policies & Practices, which follow the conditions of copyright law.

Placing Materials on Reserve

  • Requests for items to be placed on course reserve should be submitted using the online form.
  • Any items that need to be on reserve for the first week of the semester should be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • Reserves requests submitted once the semester has begun will be processed within 5 business days.
  • Instructors may request that the Libraries pick up their personal items to place on course reserve using the Library Express Delivery Service (LED) 

Removing Reserves Materials

  • To remove materials from reserve or to pick up personal materials on reserve, please contact the Reserves Office in advance by email:


Policies and Practices

Fair Use

When placing items on electronic reserve, Florida State University Libraries follow the United States Copyright Act of 1976. Specifically, the Copyright Act addresses four factors in Section 107 which determine Fair Use of copyrighted materials.

These factors are:

  1. Purpose- The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational use;
  2. Nature- The nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. Amount- The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole;
  4. Effect- The effect of the use upon the potential market for and value of the copyrighted work

Streaming Videos

Florida State University Libraries provides a limited number of Streaming videos per course taught by an instructor. Each allotment of videos is based specifically by course number, not section. If a professor feels that his/her course requires more videos, he/she may petition for an exception. For information please contact


  • Materials placed on Reserve must be for the educational use of students.
  • A copyright notice will be displayed with each item in the online course reserve system.
  • Citations will be listed for each item placed in the online course reserve system.
  • Access is limited to students enrolled in class through the course reserve system in Canvas.
  • Materials to be copied or scanned for electronic reserve will be in legal possession by the library, instructor, or other designated unit of the university.
  • Copies made of any reserve materials must be for private study, personal research, or education of the students in the designated course.reserves. Copyright permissions will be obtained as needed.
  • Both physical and electronic items will be taken down from the reserves shelf and Canvas at the end of a course.

Items that Can Be Place on Course Reserve:

  • Books in their original format that are legally owned by the FSU Libraries or a faculty member
  • Media in its original format that is legally owned by the FSU Libraries or a faculty member
  • Works or sections of works in the public domain
  • Works or sections of works produced by the U.S. government
  • Portions of books, journal articles, and other print resources that fall within "fair use"
  • Materials created by the instructor for the course Copyrighted materials for which the instructor has obtained permission and supplied written documentation of that permission

Items that Cannot Be Placed on Course Reserve:

  • Consumables, such as workbooks
  • Course packs
  • Personally reproduced versions of copyrighted films, television programs, documentaries, sound recordings, etc.
  • Excessive portions of copyrighted works that exceed fair use
  • Works prohibited by licensing restrictions

FSU Libraries reserve the right to refuse to place materials on reserve if they deem that those materials exceed fair use and would constitute copyright infringement.


Physical Reserves

The library location for physical reserves is determined by request of the instructor.

  • Books and other physical items on reserve are located at the first floor Service Desk at Strozier Library
  • Videos/ DVDs are located at the Scholars Commons Service Desk (lower level).
  • Items on reserve at Dirac and Engineering Libraries are located at the service desks at those libraries.

Electronic Reserves

  • Scanned copies and links to journal articles and book chapters are available from a course’s Canvas site.

Locating Reserves

  • All items on reserve may be searched by course, instructor, title, or author from the Course Reserves link on the FSU Libraries’ home page.
  • Titles and locations of books and videos/DVDs on reserve in Strozier or Dirac Library are listed in a document under the e-Reserves link on the course Canvas site.

For information on Reserves policies please email


For questions about reserves, contact:

Strozier Library: James Waters – (850) 644-3084; 
Dirac Science Library: Josh Julien –(850) 644-5534;
Engineering Library: Cynthia Harley – (850) 410-6328;

Student Information

Student information can be found on the Student Reserves information page.


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