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Instructor Services: Add Course Reserves

Reserve Items

Faculty can put library materials, personal copies of items, and photocopies (in compliance with copyright law) on reserve at any campus library for students to use. Most reserve items have a 2-hour loan period and are designated for in-library use only. If a longer loan period is needed, let the circulation staff know.

Put items on reserve:

  1. Search the Online Catalog to see if a title is on reserve. If an item is on reserve, the location information will state PSCC Reserve Room.
  2. Bring or forward items for reserve to the circulation or service desk of the campus library the class is held. For Strawberry Campus, please contact the Hardin Valley Circulation Librarian, Susan Martel. You will be asked to complete a form at the desk. If you do not deliver the items in person, include the following information: your name and contact information, the course number, and the loan period desired.
  3. Please allow 24 hours for processing before sending students to the library to use the materials. Items are processed as quickly as possible, however, backlogs can occur, especially at the beginning of a semester. Please remind your students to bring their Pellissippi State ID card to check out reserve items. Include a full citation with ALL photocopied materials and, for student-originated materials, a release form (see below). Otherwise, processing of the items may be delayed.

Number of Copies

One copy of an item is usually adequate for reserve use. Large classes may need a second copy.


The library does not purchase textbooks used for Pellissippi courses. You may put personal or departmental copies of textbooks on reserve. Ask the publisher if they can provide a copy of your textbook at no charge to put on reserve.

Excerpts from Copyrighted Sources

Any materials printed or photocopied from a copyrighted source must include a full citation. Otherwise, processing may be delayed until a citation is provided. Copies will be accepted and held on reserve in accordance with Copyright Law.

Student-Created Materials on Reserve

Student-created works (ex. sample project or research paper) put on reserve must be accompanied by a release form. Works cannot be processed until the release is received.

Items Not Owned by the Library or Instructor

Items borrowed from other libraries or borrowed through Interlibrary Loan may not be put on reserve. However, we may be able to purchase a copy.

End-of-Term Review

At the end of each term, you are asked to review a list of your reserve items and update it for the following term. Unused items are removed from reserve.
  • Excerpts from copyrighted sources may only be put on reserve for one term without written permission from the copyright owner. To use the same photocopied item in subsequent terms, you should request permission, allowing adequate time to receive an answer from the copyright holder.
  • All items will be removed from reserve if the library is not notified that they will be needed for the next term.
  • Items belonging to you will be returned to your department via campus mail when they are removed from reserve.

Risk to Reserve Items

While we strives to keep all materials secure, please be aware that there is a slight risk of damage to or loss of your items put on reserve.

Copyright and Reserve

Due to copyright restrictions, we may not always be able to accept copied materials for reserve. However, we can suggest alternatives, so that you may make full use of our reserve services. See Pellissippi State Libraries' Copyright Guide for Instructors to better understand the legal and ethical use of copyrighted materials in educational settings.

Release Form - Student Created Items

Any student-created work sent to the library for reserve use must be accompanied by a signed release form or a signed statement from the student allowing its use. The materials cannot be processed until the release is received.