What are Reserve Materials?

Many faculty identify materials that they decide to require students to read, listen to, or view as a part of their course work. These materials are called Reserves. Following is a list of places to find reserve materials. Additionally, print and media reserve materials can be found in CONSORT and electronic reserve material can be found in the eReserves system.

Type of ReservesWhat it isHow to Find a Particular itemWhere it is found
Print ReservesBooks owned by the College of Wooster, CONSORT Schools, or by the professorStep 1: Link to CONSORT


Step 2: Click on the Reserves tab


Step 3: Look it up by Faculty Name or Course Name/Number
WOO Reserves: Andrews Circulation Desk

WOO Science Reserves: Timken Circulation Desk
eReserves (Electronic Reserves)ebooks, electronic journals, scanned articles/book chapters, or streamed audioStep 1: Link to eReserves (Electronic Reserves)

Step 2: Search for the course in eReserves (many search options).

Step 3: Login with the password provided by your professor.
Online from the Libraries’ Home page, the CONSORT Reserves tab, or through a Moodle course page if set up that way.
Media ReservesVideos (DVD, VHS, streaming), CD’s (audio or music)Step 1: Link to CONSORT


Step 2: Click on the Reserves tab

Step 3: Look it up by Faculty Name or Course Name/Number
Andrews Circulation Desk

Need Help?

Ask for help navigating the Reserves options at the Research Help Desk (Gault Library Level 1), the Timken Science Library Circulation Desk, the Andrews Circulation Desk, or one of the following Library Staff: Michael Buttrey or Carrie Gessner (print, media, electronic reserves) Alena Michal (Science Library Associate).

General Procedure for Reserves

We require adherence to Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials for Library Reserves at The College of Wooster. Please refer to the Libraries’ Copyright Policy for Reserves when preparing materials for reserves.

1. All materials placed on reserve will be at the initiative of faculty for non-commercial, educational use by students.
2. All copies must include a notice of copyright: year of publication if known, name of copyright holder if known, and a full bibliographic reference (author, title, journal title or book publisher, and date). Materials submitted without a full citation may be returned for the addition of the required information.
3. Whenever possible, materials to be used for reserve will be those purchased or licensed by the Libraries.
4. The Libraries will not place materials on reserve if they judge that the nature, scope, or extent of the copied material is beyond the reasonable limits of fair use.
5. The Libraries will not place course packs or articles included in course packs on reserve.
6. The Libraries will remove print materials that are no longer on reserve for a particular course and will remove electronic materials from access on the system.

Faculty may place print copies (e.g., books, government documents, etc.) of Wooster or CONSORT library materials on reserve by completing the online Reserves Form. A print version of the form is also available for submission to the Andrews circulation desk or you can submit the same information required on the form to the library library-reserves@wooster.edu email account. Faculty can also place personal copies (commercially produced, not photocopies) of books on reserve as well. We are not able to place OhioLINK materials on print reserves due to copyright restrictions and OhioLINK policies. Reserves Forms are also available at the Andrews circulation and media desk. Contact: Michael Buttrey

Science Library
To place print copies of materials on reserve at the Timken Science Library Circulation Desk contact Access Services Associate, Alena Michal.

Print Reserves

Faculty may place print copies (e.g., books, government documents, etc.) of Wooster or CONSORT library materials on reserve by completing the online Reserves Form. A print version of the form is also available for submission to the Andrews circulation desk or you can submit the same information required on the form to the library reserves@wooster.edu email account. Faculty can also place personal copies (commercially produced, not photocopies) of books on reserve as well. We are not able to place OhioLINK materials on print reserves due to copyright restrictions and OhioLINK policies. Reserves Forms are also available at the Andrews circulation and media desk. Contact:Michael Buttrey

Science Library
To place print copies of materials on reserve at the Timken Science Library Circulation Desk contact Access Services Associate, Alena Michal.

Electronic Reserves

Faculty may request that selected materials be made available through our electronic course reserves system called eReserves. This allows their students to access uploaded, electronic versions of materials, such as scanned PDFs or Microsoft Word documents, and to link directly to library subscription or open-access online resources such as electronic journals or electronic books.

Materials on eReserves are accessible via the Internet and are password protected. If desirable, a faculty member can request that this access be linked from a password protected Moodle site for his/her course as well.
Faculty can use the same online Reserves Form for both print and electronic reserves. For Electronic Reserves, however, if items need to be scanned, a properly labeled copy (with full bibliographic citation) of the item will need to be submitted with the form. Please refer to the Libraries’ Copyright Policy for Reserves when requesting that materials be placed on eReserves Contact:Michael Buttrey

To access the electronic course reserves, students connect to eReserves and look up an item by course or by the instructor’s last name.

Media Course Reserves

Faculty may place College of Wooster media (e.g., dvds, videotapes, cds, audiotapes, cd-roms, etc.) on reserve by filling out the Media Course Reserve Request Form or by submitting the selected titles via email to Michael Buttrey. Media Course Reserve forms are also available at the Andrews circulation and media desk. The Library provides media workstations for student course reserve assignments.

Faculty may place commercially produced media from their personal collections on reserve. We are not able to place CONSORT or OhioLINK media on reserve per our consortial agreements. Due to copyright restrictions, we are not able to place media from commercial rental establishments (e.g., Blockbuster, Netflix, etc.) or “duplicated and off-air recordings” on reserve. Contact: Michael Buttrey

College of Wooster media reserves are picked up and returned to the Andrews circulation and media desk.

Copyright policy for reserves

Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials for Library Reserves at The College of Wooster

The policy governing reserve materials is based on the provisions of fair use of the United States Copyright Act of 1976. Section 107 of the Copyright Act expressly permits the making of multiple print copies for classroom use. In determining fair use there are four factors to be considered:

  • Purpose: the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit education purposes;
  • Nature: the nature of the copyrighted work;
  • Amount: the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  • Effect: the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Purpose of Course Reserves

The College of Wooster Libraries’ course reserves provide access to supplementary course materials in support of the College’s academic mission. The following policy refers to materials that are copied by members of the College faculty to be placed on course reserve. It does not refer to complete works such as books, issues of journals, musical scores, etc. that are placed on reserve in their original form.

Methods of Access

Access to print reserves is in person, upon presentation of a valid College I.D. at the Andrews circulation and media desk. Access to electronic reserves for a particular course is limited to students with valid College I.D.s who are currently enrolled in that course and have received course-specific passwords from their instructors. Electronic reserves for one course are not available to students in other courses, and no electronic reserves are available to the general public.

General Procedure

  • All materials placed on reserve will be at the faculty’s initiative for non-commercial, educational use by students.
  • All copies must include a notice of copyright: year of publication if known, name of copyright holder if known, and a full bibliographic reference (author, title, journal title or book publisher, and date). Materials submitted without a full citation will be returned to faculty for the required information.
  • All materials to be placed on Reserve must be lawfully made copies. Whenever possible, materials to be used for reserve will be those purchased or licensed by the Libraries.
  • The Libraries will not place materials on reserve if they judge that the nature, scope, or extent of the copied material is beyond the reasonable limits of fair use (one book chapter, a single journal article, etc.).
  • The Libraries will not place course packs or articles included in course packs on reserve.
  • The Libraries will remove print and electronic materials from the reserves systems at the end of each semester.

Electronic Reserves Purpose

  • The system will permit simultaneous use by multiple authorized users.
  • Authorized users may view, download, or print copies from the system.
  • On a preliminary or introductory screen the system provides a copyright notice, consistent with the notice described in section 108 of the Copyright Act:

NOTICE: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S Code) governs the making of photocopies of copyrighted materials. The person using this system is liable for any infringement.

Electronic copying and scanning of copyright-protected works for library reserve systems and distance learning are unsettled areas of the law that may be addressed in future revisions of the copyright law or through adjudication. The College of Wooster will monitor legal developments concerning fair use to ensure that the library services are in compliance with U.S. Copyright Law.

Need Further Information about the Policy?

Contact the Zach Sharrow, Interim Librarian of the College.