Reserve Policy


The library reserve service allows faculty and administration to place books, assigned readings, and other material on reserve at the circulation deskPlease use the following guidelines when placing materials on reserve for class use:


  • A Reserve Request Form must be completed for each separate item being placed on reserve. Copies of this form can be obtained at the circulation desk, or the form can be downloaded and printed from the library website under Request Forms:


  • Please allow 48 hours processing time for reserve materials.


  • If the reserve is a library book or audiovisual, speak with a librarian regarding any overnight circulation that is allowed for the students of the specific course and include information on the form.
  • Due to space limitations, reserve material cannot remain in the library permanently. Materials may stay on reserve for the length of time indicated on the Reserve Request Form up to one semester.  Materials not picked up by then will be returned via campus mail.


  • If the reserve is a photocopy, it is the responsibility of the instructor to make sure the material is legible.


  • A complete bibliographic citation must be included with all photocopies. 


  • Please provide no more than two (2) copies of photocopied Reserve readings, one stapled for reading in the library, one with a paper clip for making copies.  No two-sided copies.


  • Personal books and other materials are accepted for reserve.  The library will place a barcode on each photocopy and  personal items for circulation purposes.   While all efforts will be made to safeguard these items, the library is not responsible for any damage or theft of personal items.



The following materials may not be placed on reserve:


  • Periodicals from the Tusculum Library collection- This ensures that these materials are accessible to all library patrons.  Faculty members are welcome to submit photocopies of articles for reserve, provided they fall under Fair Use guidelines, or written permission has been obtained.


  • Materials from the Special Collections or the Reference Collection. 


  • Materials from other Libraries.


  • Any material in violation of the Copyright Law-


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries 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 except 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, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. This may apply to software and other non-print formats as well. For more information see the TC Library copyright link:



 Reviewed  and approved by faculty ad hoc committee of Programs & Policies August 5, 2009.

Updated: 08/24/2012



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