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Library Course Reserves

Information for faculty interested in putting course materials on reserve at the library


The Ort Library offers a physical course reserves service available at the Library's Main Desk. Items (both personal and library copies) may be placed on Reserve for one term at a time for students to borrow with shortened loan periods.

At this time, the Library does not offer eReserves or scanning services, however we can provide assistance with linking/embedding electronically available materials into your Canvas course. We strongly encourage faculty to consider using electronic resources over print materials whenever possible. Electronic resources can be embedded directly in your Canvas course and are more accessible to students than physical items. We offer a number of tutorials on accessing e-books and journal articles online, as well as instructions for both linking to or embedding resources into your Canvas course. Librarians are happy to help with any part of this process and can be reached via email at for additional assistance or questions.

Available loan period options for physical items:

  • 2 Hours - Library Use Only: items may be borrowed by students for two hours at a time and must be used inside the library building
  • 1 Day - Overnight Use: items may be borrowed by students overnight and returned within 24 hours
  • 3 Days: items may be borrowed by students for three full days

Items that can be placed on Reserve include:

  • Print monographs (books)
  • Audio visual materials (DVD's and VHS tapes)
  • Print articles (only 1 print copy may be made and kept on Reserve at a time)
  • Journal volumes
  • Other items may also be considered (contact Library staff for questions)

All materials (regardless of format) may only be placed on reserve for one semester at a time in order to comply with U.S. copyright law and vendor licensing agreements. Items must be removed at the end of each term, even if you plan to use them again in future terms. Library staff will process removals at the end of each term and contact faculty members to arrange returns of any personal materials.

We require a minimum 48-hour (2 working days) window to process reserves items. Reserve materials must be retrieved, cataloged, labeled, and processed into the Reserves module before being available for students to use. Thank you for understanding and planning accordingly.

Items will not be cleaned or quarantined after use. Students and faculty assume any risk associated with short term loans being shared between patrons.

The Library is not responsible for personal copies of items placed on reserve if lost or damaged by borrowers. If this is a concern, please consider placing a request for the Library to purchase a circulating copy of the item rather than placing your personal copy on reserve. Faculty may place a purchase request using the Library Materials Order Form. Please specify that the item is for Course Reserves in the "Additional Comments" field. Keep in mind that the Library may not be able to fulfill all purchase requests.


Fines are charged for all overdue Reserve items with a maximum overdue fine per item of $15.00.

Overdue fines accrue at the rate of 25 cents per hour for two-hour Reserves, and $1.50 per day for one-day and three-day Reserves.

Overdue fines not satisfied within 30 days of the date of the fine notice will be sent to the FSU Office of University & Student Billing for collection, and an additional $15.00 service charge added.

Prior to being sent to the FSU Office of University & Student Billing, fines may be paid at the Main Desk in the Lewis J. Ort Library by cash or check. The library no longer accepts foreign checks or money orders.