What are Course Reserves?

Our course reserve collection includes books, articles, videos, and music that have been given shorter loan periods as designated by instructors for use in specific courses. The course reserve collection is for classes that are currently being taught and is designed to increase textbook (and video) access and affordability to our students when available.

For more information or questions about Course Reserves, contact a Circulation Supervisor at 614-823-1215, or email circ@otterbein.edu.

Instructors: How Do I Place Items on Course Reserve?

Professors may place current library materials or personal copies of material(s) on reserve. Please note that requests submitted Sunday-Thursday take up to 48 hours to pull and process, those requests submitted Friday-Saturday can take up to 72 hours. Please plan accordingly.

To submit your request online, please submit the above form.

The Courtright Memorial Library prefers to place library-owned copies on course reserve. If we do not already own an item, please submit an Acquisitions Request or email our Technical Services Coordinator, Elizabeth Zeitz and include the following information:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Publication Date/Edition
  • ISBN (if known)
  • Instructor’s Name & Course Number
  • Term to be used on reserve
  • Requested Loan Period (2 hours, 1 day, 3 days, or 7 days)
  • Any other notes (for purchasing or circulation use)

General purchase requests for items that you would like to be considered for adding to the library’s collection but do not necessarily need to be put on Course Reserves at this time may also be requested via the Acquisitions Request Form.

To donate a personally owned item permanently into the library collection please email our Technical Services Coordinator, Elizabeth Zeitz. Donations are not accepted at the library without prior communication with the Technical Services Coordinator.

The following cannot be placed on Course Reserve:

  • Any item that has been previously discarded from our collection may not be placed on course reserve.
  •  Copies or scans of articles, book chapters, personal study guides, etc. 

To assist students in gaining access to those items that cannot go on Course Reserve we recommend instructors work with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) or Information Technology Services (ITS) to upload those items to that course’s Blackboard. Copyright questions regarding these items should be addressed to Allen Reichert (614.823.1164 or PReichert@otterbein.edu).

Place Materials on Course Reserves

  • Please complete the fields below and submit.

  • Instructor Information
  • Course Number (ie. INST 1000)*
  • Reserve Item Information

Note: The 2-hour loan period has been removed due to the required quarantine time between users (see Library Updates page for more information).

Removing Items from Course Reserve

At the end of each term Circulation Supervisors will reach out to all instructors with items currently in our course reserve collection to determine if the items are needed again for the following term. Items needed for the following term will be left on reserve. Items not needed in the next term will be removed from reserve; those items owned by faculty or individual departments will be returned to the individual or their department’s administrative assistant and library owned items will be returned to the main collection.

If instructors wish to remove items from course reserve before the end of the academic term please submit that request via email to circ@otterbein.edu and a Circulation Supervisor will process that request and email you within 48 hours with pick up instructions.

The Courtright Memorial Library also reserves the right to remove items from course reserve if the item has not been utilized for more than 2 years while on reserve. Items removed from reserve will be placed back in our public collection as Local Circulation Only and thus will only be accessible to the Otterbein community.

Spring 2021 Course Reserve Electronic Access

During Spring 2021, the Courtright Memorial Library will be quarantining all returned library materials for 3 days prior to processing and re-circulation (in accordance with the REALM report and Ohio library standards). We acknowledge that this will decrease the opportunity for many of our students to access course materials located in our Course Reserve collection.

To increase opportunities for access to our course reserve collection, library staff will be accepting requests to digitize specific chapters or sections of textbooks in our Course Reserve collection (see more information in the Copyright During a Pandemic section of the Library Updates). Please note that due to the creative nature of these works we are unable to digitize novels and popular press.

Search our course reserve collection to confirm we have your textbook (full instructions are below) and then fill out the form on this page to request electronic access to these materials. You should receive an email from Circ@Otterbein.edu within 2 business days with the requested material and instructions for viewing.

Requesting Electronic Access to Course Reserves

  • Please complete the fields below and submit.

  • Course Number (ie. INST 1000)*
  • Reserve Item Information

Temporary Electronic Access Copyright Notice

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of the copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, the fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Due to the difficulty in providing print reserve materials during the pandemic, the library has reviewed the March 13, 2020 document “Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research” and determined this digitized material meets the fair use standard: to digitize portions of the library course reserve collection for use via a permission driven process that limits to specific users and instances of use. Any further use of this material beyond “private study, scholarship, or research,” if in excess of “fair use,” may make the user liable for copyright infringement.

Please see the Library’s full Schedule of Operations for additional information.

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