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Course Reserves: Course Reserves Information for Faculty

General Information

Course Reserves are course-related materials made available through the UWB/CC Campus Library. Textbooks, films, and other Items owned by the UW Libraries or the instructor may be placed on Reserve for short-term checkout.

Instructors are responsible for returning Reserve materials on time, including items on Reserve for their own courses. For additional information, see Physical Reserves Search Tips and Policies.

Scan for Canvas Service

UWB and Cascadia faculty may request scans of book chapters or journal articles from materials owned by the UW Libraries for their UWB/CC courses. Campus Library Reserves and the UW Libraries scans PDFs with optical character recognition (OCR) but does not provide remediation of PDFs for added accessibility as a standard service (e.g. adding tags, alt-text). OCR creates a PDF that is compatible with assistive technology (such as screen reader software), though the quality may not be sufficient for individuals with visual impairment. If a student has a documented need for an accommodation, contact UWB Disability Resources for Students (DRS) or Cascadia Disability Support Services (DSS) for assistance.

Submission Instructions

  • Use one of the following methods to submit your request:

Copyright Information

  • Instructors are responsible for copyright compliance.
  • Scanning one chapter of a book or one article from a journal issue for an online course reading is generally considered a fair use.
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Copyright Compliance provides additional information regarding fair use and copyright.
  • Cornell University has an excellent chart listing copyright terms and when materials pass into the public domain.

Physical Reserves

Books, media, and other physical materials owned by the UW Libraries or the instructor may be placed on Reserve. Short loan periods are assigned to maximize access to course materials. One copy of most required books for UWB courses are automatically processed for Reserve; required books for Cascadia College may be placed on Reserve if owned by the UW Libraries or instructor.

Submission Instructions and Guidelines for Physical Reserves

  • Submit your request at least one week prior to the dates needed. Materials not readily available may take several weeks to arrive.
  • Use one of the following methods to submit your request:
  • Personal materials may be placed on Reserve at the instructor's risk. Personal materials will be returned to the instructor via campus mail at the end of the quarter. 
  • Purchase recommendations for materials not owned by the UW Libraries should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the dates needed.
  • Materials borrowed from other institutions, including materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan or Summit, may not be placed on Reserve.

Electronic Resources

Licenses govern the use of electronic versions of UW-restricted materials. Links can usually be made to these resources unless prohibited by license agreements.

Off-Campus Links

Stable off-campus links can be added to Canvas unless license agreements prohibit the use of links for Course Reserves. To create an off-campus link, visit UW Libraries' Creating Stable Links to Journal Articles or contact Reserves staff for assistance.

Electronic Books

Electronic books (e-books) in the UW Libraries collection typically are not placed on Course Reserves because they often have licensing restrictions that prevent multiple users from accessing the book at the same time or limit the overall number of times the item can be accessed. If you have questions about using an e-book for a class, please Ask Us or contact your subject librarian.

Streaming Media for UW Bothell Faculty

The Bothell Campus Library offers UW Bothell instructors streaming media course support service for fully online or off-site courses. Visit the Streaming Video Guide for additional information.

Student Work

Student work is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. You must have signed, written permission before student work can be used; email permission is not acceptable.

Additional Resources

Contact Information

UWB/CC Campus Library Reserves

Location: Bothell Campus Library, LB1-311


Phone: 425.352.3650

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm

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