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Faculty Services and Resources: Faculty eReserves

eReserves Welcome

Welcome to the faculty eReserves page for the Roosevelt University Library

We invite you to place your online materials on reserve for your students. eReserves ensure that students in a course, online or in person, are granted access to required or supplementary course readings or media. While on eReserve, materials can only be accessed by students in the course for a limited amount of time and stored behind a password. Passwords are given to the instructor by the librarian creating a separate eReseves page for a course.  eReserves materials are typically located on the Library's Course Reserves webpage or on Blackboard

Place an item on eReserves

Place an Item on eReserve

Fill out an eReserves request form for each item you wish to place on reserve for your students. Please submit the eReserves request form no later than fourteen business days prior to the date needed for your course to allow time for processing. 

You may email digital copies of materials and the eReserves request form to Estevan Montaño, or Marisa Figge, at the Murray-Green Library, Anita Hwang, at the Performing Arts Library, or JoEllen Coney, at the Schaumburg Campus Library. 

Items on eReserve will be placed on the Library's course reserve webpage behind a password. The password will be given to the course instructor by the librarian that creates your course eReserves page.

All items in eReserves are removed at the end of each semester. Any personal copies of DVDs or other media will be returned to your campus office by Library or ATS staff unless you arrange to pick them up yourself. 

DVD & Analog Digitalization

Digitalize a DVD or Analog Media for Blackboard

You may digitalize a DVD for student access on Blackboard with Ensemble Video. Ensemble Video is a video management platform for the Roosevelt community that allows for the storage and distribution of video files, including digitizing and embedding DVD content into Blackboard.  Users can upload and store videos in Ensemble, then share those files through links and embed videos players. 

DVDs digitized for streaming in Blackboard must be purchased with performance rights and will be removed at the end of each semester. If a DVD does not have performance rights, Library staff will attempt to contact the movie's distributor obtain permission to use in Blackboard.

To get started, please email Estevan Montaño,, (312) 341-2125 in the Murray-Green Library.  

Do not forget: 

The Library subscribes to Kanopy Streaming Video that had dozens of movies that can be quickly shared or even embedded into any Blackboard course without any waiting period.
Film streaming for students and professors

eReserves Fair Use

Fair Use for e-Reserves

The Roosevelt University Library can assist faculty and staff with digitizing print or analog content for e-reserves and other coursework.  However, library staff must comply with Fair Use, Copyright, and First-Purchase Rights laws. Below is a general list of materials the library can digitize for e-reserves without obtaining permission from copyright holders:

Materials RU Library can digitize for eRreserves:

  1. Materials in the public domain
  2. US Government publications
  3. One article from a journal (print or electronic)
  4. One chapter from a print book with 10 or more chapters; or 10% or shorter for print books less than 10 chapters

4.A short excerpt from a book is permissible but cannot be divided into chapters or exceed 10% of total work

  1. Video content, with performance rights, must have limited access to registered students in a specific course behind a required login to view content, such as Blackboard
  2. Images; one drawing, picture, cartoon, chart, diagram, or graph from a print item is permissible
  3. Materials owned by the instructor, including exams and lecture notes

Reuse of materials:
Permission must be sought by the copyright holder when:

  1. Materials are reused by the same instructor for the same course in a subsequent academic year.
  2. Materials are considered assigned or optional text for specific courses taught in multiple sections by multiple instructors.
  3. Long-term access, more than 30 days, to materials on e-reserve in a previous semester is required for students that have not completed a course.  

For further assistance, please contact:
Estevan Montaño, MLIS
Head of User Services, Murray-Green Library

Statement on Copyright & Fair Use

Statement on Copyright and Fair Use

The Roosevelt University Library is dedicated to enriching the teaching and learning environment at Roosevelt University by cultivating curiosity and knowledge; encouraging lifelong learning; providing access to quality information and resources; and teaching our community to critically evaluate and use information to create new knowledge. As such, we are committed to respecting the rights of copyright holders, and we make every effort to comply with federal copyright law. We recognize that copyright is a means of encouraging the creation and dissemination of new information, which enhances our community and society as a whole. At the same time, copyright law enables certain fair uses of copyrighted works in order to speed the dissemination of knowledge and create a lively public domain for discourse and learning.

The Roosevelt University Library facilitates compliance with U.S. copyright law, and where appropriate, the exercise in good faith of full fair use rights by faculty and staff in teaching, research, and service activities. All materials placed on reserves must comply with the regulations set out in Title 17 of U.S. legal code. It is the responsibility of faculty members to acquaint themselves with the copyright law as it relates to their use of materials in the classroom and those places on reserve in the library. The library will do its best to ensure that materials placed on reserve are in compliance with copyright law, and as such we have created the following guidelines for placing materials on reserve.

For questions about Fair Use or Copyright please contact Estevan Montaño, at


Estevan Montaño's picture
Estevan Montaño
Roosevelt University Library
(312) 341-2125

Reserves Contacts by Library

Estevan Montaño

Marisa Figge

Anita Hwang

JoEllen Coney