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Course E-Reserves

In light of safety precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, The Jenks Library is currently unable to offer course reserves for print materials or DVDs.


As you are designing your courses for the fall semester, please plan to use alternative online information resources instead of physical Course Reserves. Jenks Library provides online access to approximately 225,000 e-books and over 87,000 journal titles. Finding materials that the library already offers is the best choice. We are available to help you to identify information resources, as well as provide permalinks or proxy-server access for off-campus access to library resources. Please note that the library has access to e-books through several sources, with varied borrowing agreements. If e-books are listed as available through OverDrive, please email for more information.

If you need to use a title which we do not currently have access to, please fill out the E-Reserve Request Form and we will see if it is possible to purchase a digital copy. Not all titles are available in an online format accessible to the library.

If an online journal article or e-book is not available, we may be able to digitize the journal article or one or two chapters of a book for your class. Unfortunately, this is often the most expensive option due to copyright fees for e-reserves.

In addition to linking the e-reserves on your Canvas course site, we can also add the online materials to our NOBLE Course Reserve system, providing your students with additional access points.

If you need our assistance to identify, purchase, or scan material please fill out this E-Reserve Request Form at least two weeks before your students need to access the materials. When filling out the form, please do not leave the page inactive (without submitting) for longer than one hour or you may lose the information you have entered.

Scanned materials can be used for one semester only. If you would like to use them next semester, copyright fees must be paid again. These materials should be password protected, such as putting them in Canvas so that only students in your class can access these materials. They should be taken down or closed once the course is finished. 

Copyright Issues


There are a lot of books and journals that are in public domain. Most government documents and books published before 1923 are in public domain. These titles do not need copyright clearance and many are available online free. See Free Online Collections.

Photocopies of materials usually require copyright permission to be put on reserve unless they are in the public domain. If necessary, the library staff will act on your behalf to acquire the copyright permission for course reserve.  

If you make photocopies of one chapter of a book or one journal article for the first time for one course, it is considered "Fair Use" and may not need copyright permission. Please look at the following webpages for more information related to fair use and copyright issues.