Course Reserves Information

Placing Books & Multimedia on Reserve

Please allow 3-5 business days for items to be available in Crosland Tower.  If an item needs to be purchased, it will be available 3-5 business days after receipt by the Library Reserves team.

Please note the following items that cannot be placed on Reserve:

  • Reference books
  • Journals
  • Books from other libraries
  • Emory shared collection

Items that CAN be placed on Reserve:

Books owned by the Library:

Complete the Reserves – Books, DVDs, CDs form

Place your Request

Books NOT owned by Library:

Complete the Reserves - Purchase Request form

Place your Request

Personal copy:

Complete the Reserves – Personal Copy form

Place your Request


  • Titles held by GT - Post the link or citation to Canvas at: https://canvas.gatech.eduNote: scanned copies of any article that is available in our databases cannot be posted to Canvas due to copyright restrictions.
  • Not available online thru GT - For the link/PDF to be posted to our online Course Reserves system, complete the Reserves – eResources form.

Please refer to Copyright Guidelines for additional information.

Complete the Reserves - eResources form

Place Your Request

Retention Policy

Due to space limitation, only hard copy reserve materials being used for classes taught in the current semester will be housed at the Main Library.  At the end of each semester, all reserve materials will be removed.  Library owned items will be returned to the LSC and personal copies returned to the owner.

If possible, submit a request to “renew” the Reserve material(s) by the last day of finals if they will be used for the semester immediately following the current one.

Exceptions may be made for resources which are used by students throughout the year.

Copyright Guidelines

Fair Use

Faculty/instructors need to determine whether the use of a copyrighted work requires permission or if the fair use exception is applicable.  Library personnel are available to provide assistance in obtaining publisher’s permission or to help in interpreting the four factors of fair use.

If the fair use exception is to be used, complete a copy of the fair use checklist before posting a link or PDF to Canvas.  Keep checklists on file indefinitely.

The fair use exception does not give instructors the freedom to use copyrighted materials solely on the basis that the material will be used for educational purposes.  There are a total of four factors that must be evaluated:

  1. The purpose and character of the use
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use on the potential market for the work

Amount Limits

Under fair use, there are general guidelines in regards to the amount of a copyrighted work that can be used.  The general allowable use is:

  • Single article from one source
  • A poem of 250 words or less
  • One book chapter or 10% of the book, whichever is less

Other Considerations

Student papers/projects cannot be posted without written permission of the student.

Permissions for articles, book chapters, etc. that are not available from the GT library are granted for one semester only.  Permission must be requested for use in subsequent semesters.

Articles that are available in GA Tech’s databases cannot be scanned posted.

Content from eBooks cannot be scanned and posted.

Copyrighted material must have complete bibliographic citation noted when posted.