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Faculty Services and Resources

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

Updated Policies After Post-Covid Return to Campus

Due to the unusual circumstances placed on educational institutions during the COVID lockdown, institutions were given far more leniancy for the creation of digital surrogates of print materials. As courses return to in-person instruction, Library policies have been adjusted to ensure we comply with Fair Use best practices.

Print Materials

No significant changes have been made. Print duplicates of book chapters and journal articles are discouraged. The Library asks you to place a purchase request for any books that you may want to use excerpts from. The Library will place the entire book on reserve for you. For journal articles we ask that you place a direct permalink to the article on your course page on Blackboard.


For all materials placed on eReserve or on your course page, please submit a Fair Use Assessment with your request, or place a copy of your Fair Use Assessment on the course page. Please ensure that all titles that are uploaded in full or you have chosen excerpts from are also in the Library collection - either in print or electronic form.

Disclaimer: Just because the Library has a print copy of a work does not guarantee that Fair Use is an acceptable defense for the uploading of an electronic copy to your course reserve page or course page on Blackboard. Please see the Fair Use page for more information and tutorials on making Fair Use Assessments.


Place an item on eReserves

Place an Item on eReserve

You may email digital copies of materials, the eReserves request form, and a copy of your Fair Use Assessment (see the Fair Use page for more information) to:

  • Wills Waites, at the Murray-Green Library
  • Anita Hwang, at the Performing Arts Library
  • 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. 

eReserves Fair Use

Fair Use for e-Reserves

The Roosevelt University Library can assist faculty and staff with digitizing some print or analog content for e-reserves and other coursework.  However, library staff must comply with Copyright law and Fair Use guidelines. Below is a general list of materials the library can digitize for e-reserves without obtaining permission from copyright holders. Other digital copies of materials must be made by instructors and their creation must also comply with Copyright laws.

Materials RU Library can digitize for eRreserves:

  1. Materials in the public domain
  2. US Government publications
  3. 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
  4. Images; one drawing, picture, cartoon, chart, diagram, or graph from a print item is permissible
  5. 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.  


Reserves Contacts by Library

 Wills Waites

 Anita Hwang

 JoEllen Coney