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FLITE Course Reserves

Course reserves ensure equitable access to library materials that are in high demand. Regularly assigned, recommended, or required readings are placed in the reserve collections at the request of Ferris faculty members and course instructors to support the academic programs of the University. Print and media reserves are available at the FLITE Checkout Desk and electronic course reserves (eReserves) are accessible by password through the eReserves site. Requests for course reserves, in physical or electronic format, may be submitted through the online form at least one week prior to the date needed. Liaison librarians are available to help identify sources for course reserves.

Print and Media Reserves

  • Library materials owned by FLITE may be placed on reserve.
  • Personal materials (e.g. books, DVDs, syllabi, lecture notes, etc.) will be accepted for reserve on a case-by-case basis.
    • FLITE is not responsible for lost or damaged materials.
    • Upon request, FLITE staff members will place security tags on personal materials placed in the print and media reserve collection.
    • Personal copies placed on print and media reserve will be returned to faculty and instructors at the end of a semester if they are not being used in a class the following semester.
  • Loan periods for print and media reserve are two hours, four hours, one day, three days, one week, and two weeks as determined by course instructors.
  • Students may check out up to two reserve items at one time.


  • FLITE will place digital texts or images, sound files, or other online materials in a password-protected site made available for students enrolled in a course for a single semester.
  • 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 additional permissions. Liaison librarians are available to help identify sources that are accessible online or via the library's licensed content.
  • Access to library owned or licensed electronic content will be provided by a link to the library or vendor webpage from which the content can be downloaded by the student
  • At the end of each semester, access to eReserves will be discontinued for students enrolled in the course.


  • 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 copyrighted materials at the request of a faculty member or course instructor.
  • All reserve materials claiming fair use must meet the tests of brevity, spontaneity, and cumulative effect as stated in Title 17, U.S. Code, sec. 107.
    • eReserves may be used only once without explicit permission from the copyright holder.
    • No more than two chapters from the same work or two articles from a single issue of a periodical may be placed on reserve per semester.
    • Materials owned by another library may not be placed on reserve unless the appropriate copyright permissions are purchased.
  • FLITE staff members can assist with obtaining appropriate copyright permission whenever necessary. Please contact David Scott or see Copyright Basics for more information.
  • Please contact Carrie Donovan with any questions related to course reserves.

    Policy approved by Dean Scott Garrison. June 22, 2016.