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To place items on course reserve, bring the following items to the Circulation Desk:

  • Completed Faculty Request for Course Reserves Form(s).  Forms are available at the Circulation Desk or you may print your own copy.
  • One copy of your course syllabus / reading list
  • Written copyright permission(s), if required (see Brackett Library fair use guidelines for more info)
  • Items to be put on reserve

All reserves are processed in the order in which they are received.  Normal processing is 2 business days.  Since many requests are received in the first weeks of each semester, please submit your request as early as possible to avoid delays.  You will be notified when your requests are available.  Please do not assign readings prior to notification. 

Students can find the call number for any reserve item by following the Course Reserves link on the Brackett Library home page and searching by department, professor or course number.

Brackett Library Fair Use Guidelines

  • Articles previously on reserve cannot be placed on reserve for a second semester unless permission from the publisher is obtained.  The distribution of photocopied material may occur only once without seeking permission from the publisher.  For subsequent use, written permission must be on file with Brackett Library.
  • Materials must include a complete bibliographic citation on the first page of the photocopy.
  • The amount of material photocopied should be reasonable in relation to the work as a whole.  (One chapter from a book, one article from a journal or newspaper issue, etc.)
  • Access to materials on the reserve list will be limited to the dates during which the course is being taught.


Materials that Brackett Library will put on Course Reserve:

  1. Items owned by Brackett Library or the Instructor (Books, DVDs, Kits, Videos, etc.)
  2. Instructor prepared materials (class notes, syllabi, etc.)
  3. Fair Use Photocopies for one semester
  4. Photocopies with written copyright permission from the publisher/owner
  5. Former student’s work with written permission from the author


Materials that Brackett Library will not put on Course Reserve:

  1. “Fair Use” Photocopies that have already been on reserve for one semester and do not have written permission from the publisher/owner on file at Brackett Library
  2. Items that are available for students to purchase (textbooks, notepacks, workbooks, etc.)
  3. Items borrowed from the HST library.
  4. Items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.



Brackett Library

  • Will place materials on reserve at the request of the instructor for the educational use of students.
  • Will limit access of online reserves to Harding University faculty, students and staff.
  • Will remove access to reserve material after the class has ended.


  • Will be responsible for compliance with U.S. Copyright Law.
  • Will obtain written permission from the copyright owners when necessary.
  • Will provide clean photocopies and/or citations for material to be placed on reserve.
  • Will use the same title on the reserve form as on the syllabus.


Printable Request Forms

Use these forms for books, dvds, audiobooks,kits, videos, and/or software.

Use these forms for articles, book chapters, pamphlets, student papers, and/or other items to be placed on e-reserve.

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