Find Your Reserves

Students can find reserve items on the Reserves Direct website, under the Course Reserves tab on a Library Course Page (LCP), or through Canvas or Moodle.

Look up a Library Course Page:



  • Type in the whole course number. Include letters when appropriate (e.g., ME 4054W).
  • Review FAQs on accessing Course Reserves.

Place Materials On Reserve

Instructors and TAs can place items on on-site or online reserve for courses they are teaching. Reserve staff will work with instructors to provide access for any kind of physical or digital media they require including materials not currently owned by the Libraries.

To place items on Reserve: Submit a request by email or in person to your chosen on-site reserve location and include the following information:

  • Course name and number
  • Instructor's name
  • A list of materials to be placed on reserve including call numbers for library materials and full bibliographic citations.
  • See additional information for requests for online reserves.
  • See also related FAQs about placing materials on Course Reserve.

You can also submit requests with the same information through our new Course Materials Request Form.

Copyright and Fair Use for Course Reserves

Applications of fair use are predicated on the Libraries' General Principles of Fair Use in Education, and require access controls that restrict access to reserve materials to only registered students and their instructors.

Whenever copyrighted works are used for course reserves under the provisions of Fair Use (Section 107), instructors are responsible for the following:

  • All materials used support course-related teaching, scholarship, or research.
  • Determination, on a case-by-case basis, whether the use of a copyrighted work requires permission or qualifies as fair use. University Libraries staff will provide consultation assistance in evaluating the qualification of any specific use as a fair use. In addition an online tool is available to document the fair use analysis.
  • When permissions are needed, instructors or their departments are expected to make arrangements for permissions.
  • Whenever copying original materials is involved, whether the copies are made by instructors or by the library, only the amount needed to accomplish the specific educational purpose should be copied. In consultation with library staff, instructors will determine any limits on the amount of material to be used.

For more details and general conditions for the use of copyrighted works in course reserves see University Libraries' Copyright Standards for Course Reserves.


University of Minnesota Libraries

Course Reserves Staff

110 Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA

See list of all Course Reserve locations.