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Course Reserve Information

computers in stacksGeneral Guidelines for Reserve materials:

  • Do not place copies of materials on reserve unless the instructor, the Library, or another department of the University possesses a lawfully obtained copy.
  • When submitting someone else's work to Reserves, please include complete bibliographic citation information and copyright statement, if there is one.
  • Faculty members may not request that Reserve Services provide access to copies of the same material for successive terms unless they have received the copyright holders written permission.
  • Using the provisions of fair use, the total amount of material on reserve for a class should be a small proportion of the total assigned reading for that class.  Complete or longer works, such as entire books, will not be placed on e-Reserves.
  • Materials are available only to the Tarleton State University community and all users are expected to adhere to copyright and fair use guidelines.
  • All faculty reserves are removed from the collection automatically at the end of the fall, spring, and summer terms.

To submit materials for print or e-Reserves:

  • You MUST complete the reserve request form and sign the copyright compliance agreement.  Form must be signed EACH semester.
  • Forms are available online or at the circulation desks in Stephenville. The information on the request form is needed for print or electronic format.
  • Acceptable Formats for E-Reserves:
    • Attachments in an email sent to
    • Documents from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or PDF
    • Photocopies - With appropriate copyright compliance library staff will scan or assist you in scanning materials.
    • Weblinks: Database links, web pages.
  • Paper copies must be 8.5" x 11" only with one-half inch margins on all sides. Please submit clean, first generation copies with no black margins or center stripe.  Do not staple.
  • Include complete bibliographic citation information for the work from which the copies were made and copyright statement, if there is one.
  • Identify the items in the same manner as in your syllabus.
  • Indicate the semester and circulation period (2 hours, overnight, 2 days, or 7 days)
  • When submitting someone else's work, please include complete bibliographic citation information and copyright statement, if there is one.
  • Submit request forms and materials to Kym Schow: or 254-968-9871.


  • Books (for print reserve collection only)
    • Tarleton Library Books
    • Personal copies of books (supplied by instructors)
  • A single copy of a chapter, or excerpt from a book
  • Photocopies of single journal or newspaper articles
  • Instructor authored material (exams, lecture notes, syllabi, etc.)


  • When an instructor needs an article from a journal for more than one semester
  • When multiple articles from one journal issue are needed
  • When an instructor needs one chapter of a book for more than one semester
  • When multiple chapters of a book are needed
  • When the book is out-of-print


  • Writing to the copyright holder (usually the publisher)
  • By paying a fee to the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). Fees may vary, but most are often in the range of $1 to $20, plus the annual account fee of $105.
  • Our Fair Use and Copyright page has more information about obtaining permission.