Ask a Librarian


Course Reserves

The Legacy Library offers both electronic reserves (E-reserves) and conventional reserves to address various instructional needs. Both approaches make use of the course reserves module inside the library's catalog system. Items placed on reserve for a particular course can be located by searching and browsing under the course department and number.

Requesting Reserves

Complete a Course Reserve Request Form at the Circulation Desk, or online for each item to be placed on reserve. The request form solicits information such as your name, course name & number, length of time materials are to remain on reserve, and the loan period for which materials may be checked out.

Electronic Reserves

Journal articles, book chapters, and other materials may be placed on electronic reserve by either scanning the item to create a pdf file, linking to a URL, or linking to one of the library's electronic databases. These types of items will be accessible for viewing and printing from the reserve system via the library catalog, or through your Moodle course page.

The Library's subscribed databases, particularly EBSCO's Academic Search Complete, OhioLink's Electronic Journal Center, and JSTOR can be very useful for providing access to journal articles for class readings. Here are instructions for Finding URLs for E-reserves. Use of articles from these systems is allowed by the terms of the library's license and does not face the copyright restrictions of other materials. Some of the library's subscribed databases, notably LexisNexis Academic, are designed in a way that prevents deep linking and are therefore problematic for the E-reserve system.

Other items can be scanned and converted to PDF format for inclusion in the E-reserve system. This includes chapters from books, articles from journals not among our electronic subscriptions, and other documents (including documents prepared by the instructor, such as sample tests, course notes, etc.). These documents are mounted on a secure web server with access limited to the campus community. Documents derived from published books and journals are included in the E-reserve system with some limitations to comply with the Fair Use provisions of the Copyright Law. It is important to note that the library is able to scan for e-reserves only items for which either the library/college or the professor owns an original publication; photocopies obtained through ILL, etc., cannot be scanned for E-reserves. We also ask that instructors provide us with a clean photocopy of the pages of the book/article to be scanned.

More information on Electronic Reserves.

Conventional Reserves

Books and media items are added to a conventional reserve check-out system when it is not appropriate to digitize the item for the E-reserve system. Both library-owned and instructor-owned materials may be placed on conventional reserves. Circulation of these items is restricted to shorter duration loan periods in order to provide access to the materials by members of the class. The instructor can choose from several loan types:

  • 3 hours, no overnight circulation
  • 3 hours, with overnight circulation
  • 1 day circulation
  • 3 days circulation
  • 7 days circulation

Students are charged fines for overdue reserve materials.

Please note that the library is not permitted to put items owned by other OhioLink libraries on reserve.