Course Reserves: Information for Faculty

Instructors at CSUSB may place items on reserve for their students to use, including books, photocopies, videos, and objects for study. These materials may be Pfau Library-owned or personal copies. To place something on reserve, fill out the Course Reserves Request (PDF) and submit it along with the materials at the Course Reserves Desk on the 1st floor. Email and telephone requests are not accepted.

Please note that we no longer take requests for electronic course reserves; follow the instructions for Linking to Library Resources to enhance your online course or class website.

Contact Guadalupe "Lupe" Esquivel, or 909-537-3471, for questions or further information.

You may also contact Emmanuel Salazar or 909-537-5105, for questions or further information as well.


  • We recommend that you submit requests at least 1-2 weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter.
  • Once your request and the materials have been received, allow 72 hours for the items to be processed and available for check out.
  • Requests are processed in the order received.
  • Photocopies and printouts should be clear and in manila folders.
  • Materials on loan from other libraries and complete volumes or issues of Pfau Library-owned periodicals cannot be placed on reserve.
  • The library is not responsible for damage to or loss of personal copies.
  • For Pfau Library-owned materials, please make reserve arrangements before distributing your assignment. If a book is already checked out, your class may have to wait as much as four weeks before it can be placed on reserve.
  • Books placed on reserves for the accademic year will be reviewed for circulation frequency. You will be contacted if our records show little or no circulation activity for permanent reserves.

Copyright Considerations

Copied materials placed on reserve are subject to copyright protections. Fair use exemptions may apply. Generally, the Pfau Library considers that the following copied items do not require copyright permissions when used for only one quarter:

  • One chapter from any book
  • One article from any journal
  • One poem, short story, or essay from a collected work.
  • Short excerpt, not to exceed 10% of a work without chapters or articles.

Materials which require copyright permission are:

  • Any copyrighted material which exceeds the above guidelines.
  • Journal articles, magazine articles, or book chapters intended for use for more than one consecutive quarter.
  • Multiple chapters from a single book or multiple articles from a single journal or magazine.
  • Student works (obtain permission from the student).
Copied materials that do not require copyright permission include:
  • Material in the public domain (including many works published prior to 1923).
  • Government Documents.
  • Material written by the instructor for the course, such as lecture notes or quizzes.
  • Departmental comprehensive exams or other department-authored materials.

When in doubt, consider alternatives. For example, photocopies of half a book would not be permitted on reserve, but the original, entire book would be; purchase the book or ask your Department Liaison librarian to purchase a library copy for use on reserve.

Pfau Library offers thousands of online articles, books, and other material licensed for campus use. Rather than making copies, consider linking to the material from your course Web page. For details, see Linking to Library Resources.

For help in deciding if your use of a copied item is covered by Fair Use, consult the University of Columbia's Fair Use Checklist. The "Guidelines for Classroom Copying," developed by Congress and publishing representatives in 1976, are frequently applied to library Reserves situations. Circular 21: Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians (PDF) includes the text of the Guidelines.