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Reserves Guide

FLITE provides access to course reserves to support teaching and learning at Ferris State University. Course reserves may include supplemental teaching materials such as: books, articles, videos, as well as faculty created materials including handouts, lecture notes, podcasts, tutorials etc. Personal material will be accepted for reserve; however, the library is not responsible for lost or damaged materials.


Reserve materials may be borrowed from the Checkout Desk. Reserve materials typically circulate for two hours in the Library only, unless otherwise designated. Students may check out two reserve items at once. Electronic items will be posted on the library's LibGuides system, which can be accessed through the E-reserves homepage. Course reserve pages can be linked directly within the learning management system, Blackboard.


FLITE will make course reserves available within the limits of copyright. In accordance with fair use (Section 107 of U.S. Copyright Act), reserve collections may include copyright materials at the request of a faculty member or course instructor. Please see Reserves and Copyright Policy for more information. All materials claiming fair use must meet the tests of brevity, spontaneity, and cumulative effect as stated in Title 17, U.S. Code, sec. 107. In order to place an item on reserve, please complete a reserve request form online and bring any personal copies of reserve items to the Checkout Desk on the first floor of FLITE, if applicable.

The Library will assist with any copyright questions, and permission requests when necessary. If permission is denied, the material will not be available. Excessive fees charged by copyright holders may also prohibit making certain materials available. In instances such as these, FLITE staff will inform the instructor.


Many full-text articles and other online materials have been purchased or licensed by FLITE and are available electronically. Faculty are encouraged to identify and assign these whenever possible, as materials owned or licensed by the Library can often be used without obtaining permission. Library staff will provide links and access information for these items, as needed.

Items needed for the first week of the semester must be submitted at least three weeks before the beginning of the semester. During the rest of the semester, please allow at least 48 hours (Monday-Friday) for materials to be made available on reserve.

Space constraints limit the number of materials that can be left on hard copy reserve. Faculty members should pick up materials at the end of a semester if they are not being used in a class the following semester. The FLITE staff will identify any materials that are rarely used. Faculty and course instructors may be asked to consider removal of less frequently used materials from reserve.

Please contact Helen Sobers with any questions related to course reserves.