Reserving Materials

Course Reserves are items requested by faculty for student use in current courses being taught at Clemson University. Read our Reserves policy for more information, or read the following for an overview of the procedures.

What Kind of Materials Can Be Reserved?

Due to the COVID-19 Crisis, physical reserves will not be available during the Fall 2020 semester. While we realize their importance in supplemental classroom instruction, our decision is based on the safety of our patrons and staff along with our inability to quarantine items sufficiently for high use and high turnaround items. Further assistance in locating materials for course development can be provided by contacting one of our subject liaisons. Additionally, our Open Educational Resources Librarian can assist in finding free or low cost materials for classroom use. Finally, eReserves are available and can often offer a high-quality alternative to print reserves. Please note that eReserves are subject to copyright compliance and availability. Contact us for more information or assistance.

There are two types of Reserves: Print/physical Reserves or online eReserves. Materials may be library owned or faculty owned and consist of required or supplemental items. Reserve material can include books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, eJournal articles, homework solutions, chapters from books and more. For example, faculty have placed skeletons, machine parts, microfilm, and rocks on Reserve for their students.

The Clemson Libraries comply with all copyright laws and expects instructors to understand and follow all appropriate copyright laws. Information on copyright and fair use may be found on our Copyright Guide. You may also refer to the Fair Use Checklist.

When are Reserves Available to Students?

Faculty may choose any of the following loan periods for their Course Reserves:

  • 1 to 4 hour checkout, in Library use only
  • 1 to 5 day checkout
  • 1 to 2 week checkout

Material will be available to students within 24-48 hours. eReserves may take longer, if copyright permissions are needed.

When Can Reserves Be Requested?

Reserves may be requested any time during the semester and faculty may add Reserves throughout the semester if needed.

Where are Reserves Located?

Print/physical Reserves may be placed at any of the following branches: Cooper Library, Gunnin Architecture Library, or Education Media Center.
Students must have a valid Clemson ID to checkout Reserves.

How Can Faculty or Students Find Reserves?

Current Course Reserves

Searching for your class reserves is easy. If you have questions, let us know. We’re here to help!

Finding eReserves

We maintain an eReserves website, which is linked to within Canvas by the following steps:

  1. Log in to Canvas and enter the course
  2. Select Library Resources from the navigation menu
  3. Select eReserves (the first link) under the Library 24/7 heading
  4. Find your course and use the password provided by the professor for access