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Faculty Resources: Course Reserves

This guide will help faculty with the resources that are provided to them by the library staff

Course Reserves

Course Reserves

Materials may be placed on Course Reserve only by an instructor of a Dixie State University credit-bearing course. Materials placed on Reserve will be provided by the instructor or department, and the reserve must be solely for the noncommercial, educational use of the students enrolled in that class. Materials received through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) may not be placed on reserve. Placement of materials may be limited by space available in the Reserve area.

The library will follow the principles of fair use when placing materials on Course Reserve and may deny placement of materials if obvious violations of the provisions of fair use are found.

Putting Materials on Reserve

Putting Materials on Reserve

All materials being placed on reserve must be accompanied by a Course Reserve Request form. This form can be accessed by following this link or requested at the circulation desk. The instructor must fill out a form for each class, and bring it to the Circulation Desk with the materials. Multiple materials may be placed on one form for each class. These materials may be owned by the instructor or pulled from library shelves, but the library does not purchase materials to specifically put on Reserve.

It is recommended that all materials be placed on reserve for “in-library use only” unless there are multiple copies of the item.

Examples of materials that are acceptable for reserve include: textbooks, magazines, files, and similar materials. Reserve items do not include equipment or tools of any kind. Materials must be easily shelved in our Reserve shelving and easily handled by our workers. Special requests will be considered by library staff on a case by case basis.

Materials are processed in the order they are received. If you would like to be certain your reserve materials are on reserve in time for intended use, please bring materials a minimum of three days in advance of the date needed for checkout.

Removing Materials from Reserve

A form for removal of materials will be provided at the circulation desk for reserve removal. Please track and review your reserve items from semester to semester and remove those that are not being used in the current semester. Any materials not used in the last two semesters will automatically be removed and you will be notified that you can pick them up.

It is the instructor’s responsibility to come to the Circulation Desk and personally request that reserve items be removed from the Reserve Desk. If you wish to have a student or other assistant remove materials from reserve, an advance phone call conveying instructor permission to the Reserve Supervisor is mandatory.

If you have any questions about reserve procedures, please contact us at (435) 652-7715 or email Lichelle Christensen at lchrist@dixie.edu.

Examples of Materials

  • textbooks
  • books
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • photocopies of tests or other materials (The source of photocopies from a book, journal article, etc. must be clearly identified, and photocopies must be “best copy” quality, single-sided, and on 8.5 x 11 paper.)



Faculty may check out up to 50 items for 8 weeks with your DSU ID card serving as your library card.  DSU is a member of Utah Academic Libraries and therefore students and faculty have reciprocity with these libraries, which means you can use your DSU ID card to check out books from these libraries.  You do have to follow their due dates and their fine schedule.

How to view materials on Reserve

How to View a List of Your Reserve Materials

  1. Navigate to https://library.dixie.edu/
  2. Click on “Online catalog.”
  3. Click on “Reserve Desk.”
  4. Type your last name into the search box and press return.

Copyright/Instructor's Responsibility

Copyright and Fair Use for Course Reserve

Copyright law balances the intellectual property interests of authors, publishers, and copyright owners with society’s need for the free exchange of ideas. The fair use provision of the U.S. Copyright Act allows reproduction and other uses of copyrighted works under certain conditions for purposes such as criticism, teaching, scholarship, or research.

The library policy for reserve is derived from the fair use provisions of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976. Section 107 permits making multiple copies for classroom use under specific circumstances without payment of royalty or permission from the copyright holders.

Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act provides four factors to use in determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is fair use. All four of these factors are considered in determining whether use of a copyrighted work is “fair use.”

  • 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 copyrighted work


Instructor Responsibility

Each instructor is responsible for guaranteeing that material requested for Course Reserve falls under the fair use guidelines of the U.S. Copyright Act.

Each instructor is responsible for obtaining necessary copyright permissions and/or paying fees for the use of copyrighted materials if appropriate.

Each instructor must sign the library Course Reserve Request document declaring that the material being placed on Course Reserve falls under fair use guidelines or that permission has been obtained from the copyright holder to use that material.

It is instructor responsibility to have correct materials for study and assignments, and students are responsible for knowing which materials they require.