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Resources for Faculty: Course Reserves

This guide is intended to assist faculty and staff in using the library's resources and services.

Place an Item on Reserve

If you would like to put an item on reserve, please fill out the online form below.

Online Reserve Material Processing Form

Course Reserves

Books and Media

Books and media (videos, sound recordings, etc.) from the Mercyhurst Libraries' collections or from an instructor's private collection may be placed on reserve. If the item is held by the library, faculty members should NOT check the item out in their name before requesting it be put on reserve. Reference materials or materials belonging to other libraries may NOT be placed on reserve.

If the item to be placed on reserve is not a library holding, it will be necessary to barcode the item and identify it so it is accessible to students. There is a space on the Reserve Materials Processing Form where faculty are asked to sign giving their consent for this. If the item you are submitting is rare, in fragile condition, or in any way requiring special treatment/handling, please be sure to note this as well.

Electronic Reserves

The library no longer provides electronic reserve services for faculty. Faculty may embed electronic resoures on their blackboard sites for student access. If you need assistance with electronic linking in Blackboard, please contact the Instructional Designer in your department.

Access to reserve materials is removed at the end of each term. Copyright law states that permission from the copyright holder is required if the item is to be resued in a subsequent academic term for the same course. Please see section D: "Storage and Reuse" on the copyright page for more information.

NEW! Some of our full-text databases allow us to create persistent links to an article that is available online. This often provides a cleaner, more readable copy than a scanned article. If one of your course readings is available via one of our databases, please inquire at the Circulation Desk about the possibility of adding a link to it from you library reserve listing.


If you would like to put an item on reserve, please fill out the online form below.

Online Reserve Material Processing Form

If you have any questions about reserving materials for your class, please contact Angela Okey by email or at 824-3068.