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Spring 2021 Library Services Updates: Course Reserves

This guide provides information about library services, resources, research, and instruction support that are available in the event that the University is experiencing brief or prolonged closure.

Electronic Reserves

Electronic Reserves provide digital access to course materials for students within a specific course. The fair use exception for copyrighted material will be extended whereever possible. For more information and the submission form, visit the Electronic Reserves webpage and/or contact Reserves staff at

NOTE: Print reserves are not available at this time.

Important Note to Faculty and Instructors regarding Copyright, E-Reserves, and COVID-19

Copyright law has not changed. Fair Use is defined in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Law. Please see what the law states:

Because of the current extraordinary pandemic circumstances, the E-Reserves Unit of the library is willing to change the amount of a work that we will make available for your classes. However, only faculty and instructors can decide whether their use and amount of use would be considered fair: the library and the E-Reserves unit cannot make this determination.

We are asking faculty and instructors to understand their responsibility in making a Fair Use judgment. In addition, please also consider the amount being requested in terms of the current limited staffing at the library.


For questions about course reserves, contact Reserves Processing at or

  • Brandon Welch at (815) 753-9813
  • Sara Richter at (815) 753-9813
  • Ron Barshinger at (815) 753-9846