Course Reserves Guidelines

General Guidelines

CSU Dominguez Hills faculty are welcome to request that library owned or personal materials be placed on Reserve at the University Library. A total of 15 items may be placed on reserve per course per semester. All course reserve material requests for both print reserves and e-reserves can now be submitted online using our submission form (now our preferred method). If desired, faculty can also request items for reserve by filling out a paper version of the Reserve Request Form and submitting it with materials to the Course Reserves desk. Should you require assistance, please visit the Course Reserves desk on the second floor of the north side of the library (see map below), or call 310-243-3678 to speak with the Course Reserves Specialist.

Processing for Course Reserves material is on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend submitting course reserve requests 2 weeks prior to the beginning of each semester. Please allow a minimum of 72 hours for reserve requests to be processed. Due to high demand, course reserve requests placed after the start of the semester may take several additional days to process.

Faculty may place up to a total of 15 items in any combination of print reserves and e-reserves per course per semester.

Examples of items that can be placed on Reserves

  • Books (Library-owned and personal items)
  • Course readings
  • Homework solutions
  • Previously used tests for study purposes

Fair Use Guidelines

U.S. Code Title 17 provides legal definitions on reproducing, sharing, and other uses of copyrighted materials. Section 107 of this law allows for the "fair use" of materials and allows that reproduction for "purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright."

This does not mean that faculty, or the library, can just make everything available for free. There are four factors which determine whether use of material is "fair" or not:

  • The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes.
  • The nature of the copyrighted work.
  • The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.
  • The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Library Owned Material on Course Reserves

It's now easier to place CSUDH Library owned books on reserve by using our online submission page.

No need to grab books from our shelves - we will do that for you. Additionally, you do not need any form of copyright or publisher authorization for library-owned material. Books owned by other libraries may not be placed on reserve. CSUDH Library owned books are pulled from our shelves and placed on reserve for student use. Faculty may pull the library-owned books and bring them in with the request form if they choose.

Please allow at least 72 hours for processing before materials are available for student check-out. Please plan accordingly if materials are needed by a specific date.

Personally Owned Items

Instructors can submit their own personal copy to be placed on reserve by using our online submission page.

Once the submission page is complete, please drop off material at the Course Reserves Desk, located on the 2nd floor of the library's north wing. Items can also be submitted in person by filling out a paper version of our request form at the Course Reserves desk.

Since items are used frequently by patrons, wear and tear is a likely occurrence with items placed on reserve. Labels will be placed on your items and may cause damage if later removed. CSU Dominguez Hills Library will not be held responsible for such damage to your materials. We will not be held responsible for any materials lost by patrons or upon deliveries to respective academic departments at the conclusion of the academic year. By submitting your items for reserve, you are in acceptance of these terms.

Lastly, CSU Dominguez Hills Library Print Reserves service complies with the fair use guidelines for photocopied material established by the U.S. Copyright Law, Code Title 17 (See Fair Use Guidelines above). If your material is not considered Fair Use, copyright clearance is needed. Please use the following link to attain the proper copyright clearance:

Loan Periods and Removal of Course Reserve Items

In order to regulate usage of reserve items, please indicate the loan period for each item when you complete the submission form:

  • 2-hour / Overnight
  • 2-hour / No Overnight
  • 2-day
  • 4-day

All course reserve material will be removed at the end of every academic school year. Early removals and/or extensions can be requested.