Course Reserve Policy

The Course Reserve system allows for the borrowing and lending of required and requested OSU course materials. Instructors may request their course materials be added to our Reserve collection through our Course Reserve Request Form. The Health Sciences Library Course Reserve collection typically accepts course material for the health science colleges.

  1. Materials added to our Course Reserve collection can be sourced from:
    • OSU’s Library Collection (excluding items in special collections)
    • Owned by the instructor or department-owned by the instructor’s department.
      • Instructor-owned and department materials will be marked with a semi-permanent barcode and other library markings in order to be processed for student borrowing.
      • Instructor-owned and department materials damaged or lost will not be replaced by the library.
      • Course materials are limited to 2 copies per material per course.
  2. Course materials that can be accepted are limited to:
    • Books
    • Journals
    • Media (DVD’s, CD’s, etc)
    • Kits/models/etc.
    • Other
  3. All materials MUST have the following:
    • Copyright information
    • Appropriate citations and attributions to the source
  4. The following items are restricted from our collection:
    • Materials with no copyright information (duplications, reproductions, etc.)
    • Electronic versions of course materials. Information on how to add these materials to your Carmen course is available.
    • Materials owned by OhioLINK, SearchOhio, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), or OSU’s special collections
  5. The Instructor must ensure that permission to use material has been obtained from the copyright owner or that the use falls under an educational or fair use exception to the copyright law.
    • Copyright permission must be obtained each term for materials that will be used repeatedly by the same instructor for the same class.
    • Materials sourced from OSU’s Library Collection follows copyright rules as well as Instructor or Department materials that have copyright use information.
  6. Requests may be submitted anytime; however, materials must be placed on reserve at a minimum until the end of a semester, term or class.
  7. Processing new additions to our Course Reserves is dependent on a few factors, but generally items, once received by our library, typically take one week to be available for student borrowing.
  8. By default, most items are given the loan period of a 2 hour checkout. However, the instructor has the option to set the loan period for their materials based on their course and class size. Available loan periods:
    • 2 hour
    • 1 day
    • 1 week
    • 3 weeks
  9. Instructors will be contacted by the library before the end of the current semester, term, or class for removal or extension of materials to the next semester, term or class. All materials not used for the next semester, term or class will be removed and returned.
  10. Any personal or department-owned materials will be returned to the owning professor or department at the end of the semester, term or class unless used for the next semester, term or class.
  11. Instructors have the option to pick up their materials from the library after this time or request it be sent via campus mail to their campus office once that material is removed from our Course Reserve collection.

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