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What is Course Reserves?

Course Reserves is a service the library offers that allows instructors to place shortened checkout periods on high use items for class assignments. All JMU Libraries materials assigned for your course--textbooks, fiction, non-fiction--can be placed on reserve at the library. Personal copies of assigned books and media can also be placed on reserve in most cases. For some students who are unable to (or prefer not to) purchase assigned materials, checking them out of the library for short periods of time can be a great alternative

How do I place items on reserve?

We have an online reserves management system that can be accessed using your JMU e-ID and password. Log in to your reserves account at You can then select "Create a New Course" from the menu at the left of the screen. Once you create your course, open the course and add items by selecting "Add Reserve Items" under the "Course Tools" heading at the left of the screen. Click the icon matching the desired item type, fill in the form, and submit the item. You'll receive an email when the item has been processed and is available for your students to check out. Feel free to email or call April Beckler 568-4102 if you run into any problems

I created a course online, but it doesn't show on my main menu

The main menu displays only courses currently in session. If you create a course before the start of the semester, you will need to click "Also view upcoming courses" to view it and add reserve items

Can I add other instructors, colleagues, or proxy users to my course online?

Yes, if you open the course you can select "Course Proxy Users." This will allow you to list other users who can add items to your course. Students who are not employed by JMU will not be able to access the system. Appropriate proxy users are graduate assistants, colleagues, and your liaison librarian. You can also add a Full Proxy User from the main menu. A Full Proxy User will have the ability to add new courses and new reserve items on your behalf

Can I place personal items on reserve?

Yes! Copyright compliant personal copies of books, media, hard copy periodicals, and purchased reprints and consumables (workbooks, published tests, answer sheets) may be placed on reserve

Can reserve items be renewed?

No, to ensure fair access to the item, renewals are not allowed, and overdue fines are charged when items are returned late

What are my options for check out periods?

Reserve books at Rose and Carrier Library can be placed on reserve for a 4-hour or 4-day checkout period. Media reserves are 4-hour only, and reserve items at the Music Library can be checked out for 4-hours with overnight use

Can e-books be placed on reserve?

Yes, when licensing allows, e-books purchased by JMU Libraries can be linked to course reserve records. Printouts of e-books will not be placed on reserve

What if JMU doesn’t own a copy of a book I’m assigning for my course?

Reserve staff collaborate with Liaison Librarians to order new materials for JMU Libraries’ collection when they are requested for course reserve use. You can flag an item for purchase review by selecting “Please consider this item for purchase and make it available to my students through course reserves” when adding items to your course list online

I’m using the same reserves book list from previous semesters for an upcoming course. Do I have to re-submit each item?

Nope! Our online system also gives you the option of cloning a previous course, which allows you to carry over all (or some) of the items that had been on reserve for your course in previous semesters. After logging into your account, you'll see a list of previously taught courses (dating back to Fall 2013). Select the course you'd like to clone. From within the course detail page, you'll be able to clone the course by clicking “Clone Course” from the menu at the left of the page. Update the semester date, select which items you'd like to keep on reserve for the course, and click the gray “Clone Course” button at the bottom of the page

The library owns an outdated edition of a book I’d like to place on reserve. Can we order the newest edition?

Absolutely. Add the book to your course online and select “Please consider this item for purchase and make it available to my students through course reserves.” Please mention in the notes field which edition you’d like purchased

How do my students access items I’ve had placed on reserve?

Students can view a list of all items on reserve for your course by entering your last name or the course number here to verify location and availability. Materials must be checked out in person--come to the front “Ask the Library” desk at Carrier or Rose Library and request the item by title

Can I view usage stats for items I’ve placed on reserve?

If you’d like to know how many times reserves items circulated, email at the end of the semester to request usage stats

I’d like to remove materials I currently have on reserve, but the online system won’t allow me to

After materials are physically placed on reserve, their records cannot be edited online. If you’d like to remove an item(s) from reserve, please contact

I would like to place a book on reserve but I have it in hand. Do I have to bring it to the library myself?

No—as long as you attach your name and your course number to the book, you can have someone drop it off on your behalf at Carrier or Rose Library, or send it via intercampus mail to Course Reserves, attn: April Beckler MSC 1704

Who do I contact with questions not answered here?

Email, or call April Beckler at 568-4102.

Media Reserves

Video or nonprint media can be made available at Carrier, Rose and Music Libraries for use outside of class time. Library media and compliant personal copies may be put on reserve. In collaboration with liaison librarians, we're also able to order new items for the collection that can be put on reserve at any JMU library location. For information or questions about media reserves, please contact us via email at

Music Library

All Faculty may place personal material and material FROM ANY JMU LIBRARY on reserve in the Music Library. We encourage and support placing digital items directly into your Canvas course. We offer loan periods of 4hrs in library for personal items and 4hrs to overnight use for library owned items. If you need technical assistance or would like to consult about the best method, contact:

Items Owned by the Library

Instructors may request that books or media owned by the library be placed on reserve at Carrier Library, Rose Library, or the Music Library. Where licensing allows, e-books purchased by JMU Libraries can be linked to course reserve records as well. No current or bound volumes of periodicals owned by the library can be placed on reserve.

Items Owned by the Instructor

Personal copies of materials may be placed on reserve. The reserve staff makes every effort to ensure the security of items placed on reserve, however, we assume no liability for personal copies that are lost or damaged.

Items Not Owned by the Library or the Instructor

In collaboration with Liaison Librarians, we're able to order new materials for the collection that can be put on reserve at any JMU library location. Materials obtained through Interlibrary Loan cannot be placed on reserve.

Copyright Compliance

Instructors using reserves are responsible for complying with current copyright law and regulations. Please refer to the Reserves Copyright Guidelines to answer basic questions on copyright.

JMU Libraries reserves the right to decline placing any item on reserve that lacks copyright permission if the nature, scope, or extent is judged by the library to exceed the reasonable limits of fair use.

Documents placed onto course web sites or into Canvas course sites are not under the control of the JMU Libraries and are not reviewed for copyright compliance. However, we are glad to consult with faculty to provide resources to enable you to assess copyright fair use, digitize materials, and post those materials to your Canvas course pages. Additional online guidance is available, or you may contact Howard Carrier, Liaison Librarian and Copyright Advisor, at

Contact Course Reserves
  • General reserves questions, email, or call April Beckler at 568-4102.
  • Music Library reserves questions, email, or call Zach Sensabaugh at 568-8035.