Reserves and eReserves Frequently Asked Questions

When should I submit my eReserves requests?

To ensure completed processing, submit your requests at least 2 weeks before you need the document in class.

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How long do documents stay on eReserves?

Due to copyright restrictions, items will only be kept in the eReserves collection for one semester at a time.

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Can you create a direct link so I can place the item straight into blackboard?

No. Students can access materials by searching the OneSearch library catalog for your course number or name.

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What type of file can I put on eReserves?

At this time, we only accept text documents (PDF, DOC, TXT, RTF, etc.) We are currently unable to support multimedia files.

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How many files can I place on eReserves?

Faculty are allowed 15 total items per course per semester. This number includes both print reserves and eReserves items.

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Are there any page limits or length restrictions for eReserves items?

Anything that is longer than 30 pages or that makes up more than 10% of a larger work cannot be placed on eReserves. However, these items can often still be placed on print reserves.

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How do I submit an item for eReserves?

See our procedures page.

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Can I submit items the library doesn't own?

Yes, but be aware that we may not be able to successfully complete your request. When the library does not own the item you are requesting, we will attempt to receive copyright clearance at no cost to you. However, this is not always possible. If the library can not receive copyright clearance, we will be unable to place the item you requested on eReserves. See also question 12, below.

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Can I submit an item for multiple semesters at a time?

Yes, but be aware that we may not be able to successfully complete your request. Per copyright guidelines, items requested for more than one semester require copyright clearance before they can be posted to eReserves. If the library can not receive copyright clearance, we will be unable to place the item you requested on eReserves.

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How should I prepare the item before I submit it?

See our submission guidelines page.

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What is copyright and how does it affect eReserves submissions?

Depending on just how much information you want, try the following resources:

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Will the library special order an item if it does not currently own it?

We welcome requests for Books and eBooks that support curriculum, courses, and faculty research. Please contact your liaison librarian with the title, author, year published, edition (if applicable), and the Course name/number that the book is in support of. We will contact you with the availability of the item and order it if possible. Please note that, due to budgetary constraints, we cannot guarantee we will order the requested item.

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How do students access the materials on eReserves?

Students can access eReserves materials by searching the library's online catalog OneSearch for professor name, course name and number, or title/author of the document. There is also a search tab implemented in Blackboard.

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