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Course reserves are:

materials that are set aside in the library (or placed online as electronic reserves) at the request of an instructor in order that all the students in a course may have an opportunity to use them.

General Guidelines

The Universal Orlando Foundation Library staff endeavors to process all faculty requests for course reserves in a timely manner and in conformance with copyright laws.

Please allow several days for the library staff to process reserve materials for student use. In order for materials to be available to students by the beginning of the semester, please submit your reserve requests as early as possible!

Most materials are most suitable for use as print reserves. Depending on copyright restrictions and format, certain materials may be placed on electronic reserve. These are materials that can be made available in PDF format and linked through the UCF Course Reserves catalog (available from the library homepage). Please check with library staff to see if your materials may be placed on electronic reserve, and please allow extra time for these materials to be processed and made available online.

All such materials to be put on reserve must be provided and brought by the faculty member to the Universal Orlando Foundation Library circulation counter. Reserve materials may include:

  • Books from the library's collection (print reserves only)
  • Books or journals belonging to faculty members (one semester only - limited to print reserves; the Libraries cannot scan significant portions of books or journal issues to place in electronic reserves)
  • Photocopies of specific journal articles or book chapters provided by a faculty member (print or electronic reserves, one semester only without copyright permission - normally limited to a single article from a journal issue or a single chapter from a book, unless Fair Use can still be applied OR copyright permission from the copyright holder is obtained)
  • Photocopies of non-copyrighted materials, such as class notes, tests, etc. (print or electronic reserves)
  • For placing copies of slides, video, audio, or other multimedia items on course reserves, please contact the library for more information

Loan Periods

Students will be permitted to check out all reserve materials for two hours, for in-library use, unless otherwise specified by the faculty member.

Electronic reserves do not have loan periods and may be accessed by more than one student at a time. Each electronic reserve is a file which is linked through the UCF Course Reserves catalog (available from the library's homepage). Students may then print out the material, save or email the file for later use, or simply retrieve the file again as needed.

Compliance with Copyright Guidelines

In accordance with Section 108(a)(3) of U.S. Copyright Law, each photocopied submission must include a copy of the original copyright statement from the photocopied material.

Copyright permission would be required for most copyrighted materials to be placed on course reserves beyond one semester.

If faculty wish to leave a personal copy of books or other items on reserves for more than one semester, the item can be donated to the Libraries, or the Libraries will purchase a copy if requested, which can then be placed on course reserves.


For more information about reserve procedures, please stop by the library, call 407-903-8100, or email the library at

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