Resources for Faculty/Staff

Course Reserves

Faculty may choose where they put their supplementary course materials. Physical library books, DVDs, personal copies of books, etc. will be housed in the reserve area in one of the three library locations.

Integrate Library Resources with Your Course Materials

E-Reserves: Electronic Resources
Many articles are available electronically from the library's databases or electronic vendor subscriptions and can be made available to your students through Moodle, Colby's course management system. Information and instruction on the use of Moodle are available from Erin Conner (207-859-4234 or Readings posted on Moodle are subject to fair use guidelines in the United States Copyright Act of 1976.

If you use Moodle, you can incorporate library resources and services into your course site.

You can arrange with your librarian to construct a box containing selected links, bridging between your Moodle page and the library guide, so your students will have more immediate access to relevant sources.

Guidelines for Course Reserves in the Library

Materials are placed on reserve for required reading only, not for suggested or casual use.

To place materials on reserve, deliver items to the service desk at the appropriate library and fill out the above reserve form completely (also available in the libraries). Please list titles as they appear on your syllabus.

Materials needed for the first week of classes should be submitted two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. Requests received later are processed in order of receipt; please allow three to five business days for requests to be processed.

All materials submitted for reserve must comply with the United States Copyright Act of 1976 (17 U.S.C. $ 107).  
The concept of fair use is guided by the following factors:

  • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  • the nature of the copyrighted work;
  • the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Reserve lists are deactivated at the end of each semester, and library materials are returned to the circulating stacks. Personal items, books, media, and photocopies will be returned to the instructor. We maintain a list of reserve materials associated with the course. Inactive lists are not accessible to the public.

Please note that the reserve system is a shortened loan period; it is not a booking or scheduling system. If you need a video (e.g., for a showing), please plan ahead and check it out in advance.


Books may include those from Miller, Bixler, or the Science Library stacks. Personal copies may also be placed on reserve; however, be cautioned to expect wear. The libraries do not accept responsibility for damaged or stolen materials.

The library will order new or additional copies of books (consistent with the number of students in the course), but please allow six to eight weeks for their receipt. When ordering, include the course number and indicate "rush for reserve."

  • Textbooks are not ordered for reserve.
  • Course packs may not be placed on reserve.
  • Books and materials borrowed through interlibrary loan may not be placed on reserve.


  • In addition to library-owned items, personal copies of media may be placed on reserve.
  • We cannot accept off-air taped materials unless accompanied by proof of permission from the copyright holder.
  • The library does not accept responsibility for damaged or stolen materials.
  • Please contact the art and music librarian if you need assistance with streamed audio formats for reserve.

Please contact library coordinators with questions or concerns:

Candice Hinckley, Miller Library, ext. 5126
Penny Ruksznis, Science Library, ext. 5792
Robin Duperry, Bixler Art and Music Library, ext. 5661

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