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Course Reserves

Course Reserves policies

Course Reserves Policy

The University Library makes reserve materials available in two formats:

1. Traditional reserve in hardcopy through the Reserve Desk

2. Electronic reserve. All e-reserves can be accessed under the LibGuides/Library tab in Blackboard

3. All physical and electronic materials, including materials owned by the University Libraries, may remain on reserve for up to one academic year (July through June).

An email notification to all the faculty who have reserve items will be sent on or before August 1st to inform them that their reserve items will be removed from Blackboard on or after August 15th. Physical course reserve materials need to be picked up within two weeks of notification. After two weeks any physical items that are not owned by the library will be returned to their respective departments.

Course Reserves submission form

If a professor owns the book and plans on bringing it over to the library for reserve use then please indicate so. The library orders books we do not own. But we do not want to purchase books for reserves that are not necessary.

The Libraries’ course reserves system supports the educational needs of our students by providing the best available access to specific course-related materials designated by the teaching faculty.

The University Libraries makes reserve items searchable, and electronic items accessible, through the library catalog and the course reserves service.

The University Libraries follows the Fair Use guidelines when placing materials on reserve.

All material submitted for reserve must be copies in the possession of the University Libraries, a faculty member, or some other unit of the university.

The library reserves the right to return material and/or refuse reserve requests that do not comply with Fair Use guidelines unless the faculty member provides written permission from the legal copyright holder to place an item on reserve.

Use of course reserves is limited to currently enrolled Seton Hall University students and currently employed faculty for educational, non-commercial purposes.

Materials that may be placed on reserve

Any required, recommended, or supporting materials for a course offered by Seton Hall University may be placed on reserve for the semester in which the class is offered.

The University Libraries provide access to reserve materials in two formats:

1. Electronic materials (pdf copies of a journal article, link to an e-journal article, link to an e-book, pdf copy of a chapter, etc.) that is accessible through the University Libraries’ Course Reserves service. Documents that are to be placed on e-reserves need to be legible in order for our Optical Character Recognition software to recognize the text. Due to these requirements documents that are illegible will not be accepted and will be returned.

2. Physical items (e.g. print books, audio-visual materials, software, study manuals and other print materials) at the circulation desk, located on the main floor of Walsh Library. Physical reserve items for the Seminary library are located in the Seminary Library office.

The information stored in the e-reserves database is protected under the Copyright Laws of the Unites States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governing the making of photocopies of copyrighted material. While the provisions of "fair-use" apply, the person using the system is liable for any infringement of copyright.

Seton Hall University Libraries comply with copyright law (U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, 90 Stat 2541). When copying material for course reserve, the University Libraries follow provisions of the "fair use" section (Section 107) and considers the factors laid out in that section:


  • The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a 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 copyright work.