Course E-Reserves

Print reserves Spring 2021

Print Reserves Spring 2021

Print reserves are not available for the Spring 2021 semester. The library quarantines all returned library items for 6 days to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus. Because print reserves have short circulation times to allow access to all students enrolled in a class, a 6-day quarantine would significantly limit availability of these materials. In addition to concerns about the health and safety of students and staff, UM is committed to providing equal access to library resources for all students, including those participating remotely who need access to online materials.


E-Reserves Overview


Electronic reserves enable students to access course materials at any time. E-reserves course pages are password protected for students currently enrolled in the course. Be sure to provide your students with the password designated by you when submitting your e-reserve materials.

All e-reserve requests must comply with U.S. Copyright Law. Reserves staff will review materials submitted, however, we recommend instructors use the Copyright and Fair Use Guide to ensure requested materials meet fair use criteria. The library will not knowingly accept material for e-reserve that violate copyright law.

The library reserves the right to reject any e-reserves requests that exceed fair use. For questions about copyright and fair use contact UM Library's Assistant Dean for Public Services, Jocelyn Tipton,

What may be placed on e-reserve?

Electronic, print, and audio materials available in UM Libraries collections or owned by the professor, including

  • eBooks or journal articles in UM's databases
  • Links to articles available freely online, such as those found in open access journals
  • Book excerpts that meet Fair Use Criteria
  • Lecture notes
  • Course Syllabi
  • MP3 audio files

Request E-reserves

Place an E-Reserves Request

Request materials by using the online reserves request form or emailing the reserves specialist,

Reserve requests are processed in the order received and are processed within 7 days from receipt. Please provide full citations and inclusive page numbers for excerpts requested from UM Library books.

Be sure to provide your students with the password designated by you when submitting your e-reserve materials.

Helpful Tips

Helpful Tips

  • Contact your department's library liaison ahead of time to purchase eBooks that are not in UM Libraries' collection.
  • Choose readings from library databases, eBooks, and/or fair use excerpts.
  • Consider using Open Access materials.
  • Consider using Open Educational Resources. For more information about OER contact 

Contact Information

Contact Information

Tess Graham, Reserves Specialist