Research Guides

Course uReserves

Course Reserves Availability
Course reserves material will be made available either in print or electronic format. Print course reserves include books, videotapes, DVDs, and other physical material. Electronic course reserves include articles, book chapters, syllabi, lecture notes, etc.
Course Reserves Guidelines

Print Course Reserves

No more than one copy for every thirty students enrolled in a course will be accepted for print course reserves, up to a maximum of three copies per item.

If the Libraries do not own the item to be placed on print course reserves, please recommend that the item be purchased. You may also place your own personal copy on reserve if you would like, with an additional personal copy waiver form which can be found at Richter or here.

What materials can be placed on print course reserves:

  • most materials owned by the University of Miami Libraries
  • materials written by the instructor and for which the instructor owns copyright
  • personal copies of books, audio-visual materials, textbooks, and commercially produced course packs.
    • Please understand that the Libraries cannot be held liable for the loss or damage of personal copies. While textbooks are not usually purchased by the Libraries, we encourage placement of personal copies of textbooks on course reserves.

What materials are not placed on print course reserves:

  • ready reference materials
  • materials from non-UM libraries
  • consumables consisting of workbooks, exercises, test booklets, and similar materials
  • copies of videotapes/DVDs, or copies of off-air broadcasts


Electronic Course Reserves

A complete bibliographic citation is required for all copyrighted materials.

Electronic files are accepted in the following formats:

  • Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc)
  • Text File (.txt)
  • HyperText Markup (.htm)
  • JPEG (.jpg)

Items placed on course reserves may require copyright clearance prior to being placed on reserve. Items that are denied permission will be inactivated from course reserves. Course Reserves staff will notify the instructor and discuss other options.

The Libraries reserve the right to decline a request based on their interpretation of the Copyright Law.


Richter Library Contacts
Vince Oller
Course Reserves 
Phone: (305) 284-3234

RSMAS Library Contact
Ann Campbell
Access Services Supervisor
Phone: 305-421-4060
Course Reserves information for Faculty

How to request materials for Course Reserves:

The library has three convenient ways to submit course reserves:

  • uReserves – Online submission
  • Online Form Submission
  • Printable Form

uReserves System (Leganto)

The library’s uReserves System is integrated into our Library System.  uReserves works directly with Blackboard to display course reserves for students.  This system also allows Faculty to create, review and update their reading list for classes directly.  The reading lists are then submitted in the system to the library for processing.  To work with this system, log into uReserves.  Here is our getting started guide, Instructor’s Guide to uReserves .  For additional information or assistance, contact Course Reserves.


Faculty Course Reserves Request Form
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Course Reserves Information for Students

Course Reserves provide access to supplemental course material assigned by an instructor, including electronic articles, PDF files, books, videotapes, and DVDs.

Student Borrowing Responsibilities

Each student must present a valid picture ID to check out Course Reserves items. The loan of Course Reserves material may not be renewed. Students are financially responsible for all material borrowed and any fines incurred.

Loan Periods

  • Library Use Only – 3 hour use, restricted to use only within the library.
  • Overnight – available for overnight checkout up to 2 hours prior to closing and due within 2 hours of opening the following day; during the day, items are available for Library Use Only
  • Three days
  • Seven days

Overdue Fines for Course Reserves

  • Library Use Only or Overnight: $1 per hour
  • Three day or Seven day loan: $1 per day

Accessing Course Reserves Materials

Print Course Reserves include items such as books, videotapes, and DVDs. They can be checked out with your Cane Card or a valid picture ID at the Circulation Desk on the 1st Floor of the Otto G. Richter Library.

Electronic Course Reserves can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through Blackboard.

Viewing Course Reserves

  • Log on to Blackboard, then go to one of your course pages.  Select the Course uReserve link.  Then select the link for uReserves.  This will display electronic and reserves at the Library.

Searching Course Reserves Materials

To search for Course Reserves materials click here
Welcome to uReserves

uReserves lets you easily create, maintain and evaluate course reserves materials. With uReserves, you can assemble materials of all types - physical books, online or digitized chapters, scholarly articles, videos, etc. Check out the helpful videos below to get started! 

Logging into Leganto:

Create additional Reading Lists:
Add from web with CiteIt! Tool:
Add from web via Leganto Search:

Send Reading List for Processing:
Add citation via Upload:
In Progress. 

Purchase requesting in Leganto:
In Progress.
Copyright and Course Reserves

All copyrighted material added to course websites or submitted to the Libraries for print and electronic course reserves must fall within fair use guidelines.  Instructors are responsible for determining whether their material meets the criteria for fair use. Course Reserves staff are available to assist instructors with interpretation of the fair use guidelines.

The Libraries reserve the right to decline a reserve request based on their interpretation of copyright law. If a request is denied, the instructor will be notified, and the materials will not be placed on Course Reserves.

  • Links to items available on licensed databases should be used whenever possible.  Creating a copy of an online resource should only occur if the web address for the item is not stable.
  • In general, the Libraries will place library-owned materials on print or electronic course reserves as a fair use of these copyrighted works.  The Libraries will seek permission from the copyright holder only when the Libraries determine the use to be in excess of the provisions of U.S. Copyright Act (Title 17, U.S.C.), section 107.
  • The Libraries will purchase materials that it does not own if requested for course reserves.  Personal copies lawfully purchased by an instructor will be placed on print reserves only.
  • If copyright permission is needed for a photocopy or scan of material, the instructor has the option of placing the physical item on print Course Reserves.
  • Use of materials on electronic reserves is restricted to students enrolled in the course.
Fair Use Guidelines

The Fair Use provision, established in the Copyright Act of 1976, is designed to allow the limited use of copyrighted works for the purpose of criticism, comment, teaching, scholarship and research. It allows limited reproduction of copyrighted works for educational and research purposes without prior authorization of the copyright holder and without paying royalty fees.

Section 107 of the United States Copyright Act lists four factors used to determine when content usage may be considered “fair use.” For a finding of fair use, all four factors do not need to be affirmative, and no single factor trumps the other factors.

1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether the copied material will be for nonprofit, educational, or commercial use. Also considered here is the tranformative nature of the use.  For example, was the material used in a way significantly different than was originally intended (e.g. criticism or instruction), or was something created that was significantly different than the original material.

2. The nature of the copyrighted work, with special consideration given to the distinction between a factual work and a creative work. For example, photocopies made of a newspaper or news magazine column are more likely to be considered fair use than copies made of a musical score or a short story.

3. The amount, substantiality, or portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole. This factor requires consideration of:

  • the proportion of the larger work that is copied and used
  • the significance of the copied portion

4. The effect of the use on the potential market of the copyrighted work. If the reproduction of a copyrighted work reduces the potential market and sales and therefore the potential profits of the copyright owner, then use is unlikely to be found a fair use. For example, a teacher who photocopies a workbook page or a textbook chapter is depriving the copyright owner of profits more directly than if copying one page from the daily paper. This factor has recently held more weight in determining fair use.

Please note that if a specific concern or question is not addressed in this guide, that does not alleviate you of the responsibility to comply with the U.S. Copyright Law.

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