Library Services


Materials (books, articles, class notes, solutions, sample tests, etc.) selected by faculty members may be placed "on reserve" for a semester for use by students in their classes. These materials may be made available in print or electronically.

Where are they?

Print reserve materials Cooper Library Circulation Desk, 4th Floor
Architecture Library Reserves Shelves (Lee Hall)
Electronic reserve materials

Accessible at Blackboard (the Collaborative Learning Environment)

  • Log into Blackboard
  • Click on the Content Collection tab at the top of the page
  • Open the green Institution Content menu at the left of the page.
  • Open the Library folder.
  • Click on eReserves.
  • All of the reserve readings for your classes are in the eReserves folder. Each class has its own folder.

Adobe Acrobat is needed to view Blackboard reserve items. Campus Lab computers have Acrobat loaded. Download the Acrobat Reader from Call the Help Desk at (864) 656-3494 for assistance.


Print Reserve Materials

Check Out
Students, faculty, and staff with a valid Clemson University ID can check out materials placed on Reserve for courses. Alumni and community borrowers with a valid courtesy borrowing card have privileges limited to library-use only Reserves.

Check out periods for Reserve materials vary from two hours to two weeks. Some material may be restricted to Library Use Only.

Most reserve materials have hourly or daily loan periods and fines are assessed at $1 per day or hour accordingly.

General Instructions for Faculty

How to Place an Item on Reserve

A copy of your class syllabus must accompany your request. Mail or email the syllabus to the appropriate address below. If you would like us to pull the item(s) submit this electronic request form for eReserves. If you are supplying the item(s) use the printable reserve request form for eReserves or the form for library on-site (physical copy) Reserves. You may also download an Excel copy of the form. Return the reserve request form in one of the following ways:

Cooper Library Reserves
Mail it to Reserves, 4th floor, Cooper Library
Email it to

Architecture Library Reserves
Fax it to (864) 656-3932
Mail it to Reserves, Architecture Library, Lee Hall
Email it to

Materials will be processed as quickly as possible on a first-come first served basis. An email message will notify you when new material has been loaded in the Blackboard space and is available for viewing. Processing time depends on the number, length, quality of material(s), and copyright clearance, as well as the time of semester. Please do not advise students that material will be available until you have received confirmation from the Libraries. Please notify the Libraries if your class groupings are changed or combined.

Material Guidelines for Electronic Reserves

  1. Use 8 1/2 x 11 white paper only.
  2. Handwritten items should be neatly printed in black ink. Originals always scan better than a photocopy.
  3. Photocopied items should be of the best possible quality. Light copies and items with extremely small print do not scan well.
  4. Do not reduce the size of the print on newspaper or magazine articles. Pages may be enlarged.
  5. Copy only one (1) page at a time. Do not copy double pages from a book.
  6. Any items longer than 50 pages will be scanned in parts (ex. chapter 6 part a and part b) for ease of viewing.

Copyright Guidelines

The United States Copyright Office and the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) both require that royalties* must be paid for any copyrighted material not falling under “fair use” before posting. For a definition of fair use please see either of the links above. Securing copyright may delay the posting of reserves. Please submit required readings as soon as possible. Delays due to CCC processing time are beyond our control.

When submitting material for e-reserves please bear in mind the following…
1. All information on the E-Reserve Request form must be filled in completely before your material can be posted.
 2. Submissions may be sent online from the link above or brought to the Circulation Desk, 4th floor of Cooper Library. Architecture reserve requests should be directed to the Gunnin Architecture Library at Lee Hall.
3. A syllabus is required (no more than 25% of the course content can be placed on reserve).
4. Photocopies must be made from the original work owned by you or R.M. Cooper Library and a copyright notice will be attached as the first page in your document.
5. The title page and copyright information page must be included in the copies provided.
6. E-journal articles will be available via a link in the e-reserve folder in Blackboard.

*Note: Cooper Library absorbs the cost for royalty fees.

The Guidelines for Classroom Copying in Not-for-Profit Educational Institutions states, "A single copy may be made of any of the following by or for a teacher at his or her individual request for his or her scholarly research or use in teaching or preparation to teach a class: a chapter from a book; an article from a periodical or newspaper; a short story, short essay or short poem (whether or not from a collective work); a chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical or newspaper."

To comply with copyright law, one photocopy of a journal article or a small portion of a book (no more than one chapter) may be placed on reserve at the request of a faculty member. With written permission from the copyright owner, additional copies may be placed on reserve, and single or multiple copies may be carried over from one semester to another.

Copyright permission will be secured by the reserve staff. Once copyright permission has been obtained, the item in question will be placed on reserve. Copyright permissions are valid for only one semester. For more information, you can also visit the Library Guide on copyright by clicking here.

Electronic Reserves Guidelines

The electronic reserves system is operated under the provisions for "Fair Use" in existing U.S. copyright law. All materials placed on electronic reserves will be initiated by faculty, solely for the non-commercial, educational use of students within the guidelines of U.S. copyright law.

Under the provisions of "Fair Use", there are limits to what materials can be placed on electronic reserve. A journal article or a single chapter from a book is generally acceptable. Only a small portion of the total reading requirements will be placed on reserve. There will be no charge for access. Copyright notice will appear on all items indicating that materials covered by copyright law have restrictions on additional use.

Reserve staff are authorized to place materials in the "Library Reserves" area for each course within the CLE (Collaborative Learning Environment). These items are accessible on a read-only basis by the instructor(s) of a course and the students enrolled in the course. All materials will be removed at the end of each semester. All copyright guidelines listed above apply to material placed on electronic reserve.

The electronic use of copyright-protected materials for library reserve services is an area of the law that may be addressed by the courts or by revisions to the copyright law. The Clemson University Libraries reserve the right to change these guidelines to comply with copyright law.


Please contact:

Lori Bryant, Reserves Coordinator (864) 656-0401
Fredda Owens, Circulation Manager (864) 656-4499
Paula Dunbar, Architecture Reserves (864) 656-3933
CLE Home Page
Architecture Library Reserves Fax Number (864) 656-3932  


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