Course Materials and Course Reserves

What are Course Materials and Course Reserves?

Professors have the option of placing library materials on reserve for students enrolled in their classes to access. These items are available for checkout at the John C. Hitt Library at the Circulation desk or the LibTech desk, at the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC), the Downtown Campus Library, or at the Rosen Library.  UCF Connect Libraries may have different policies regarding course reserves.

A Driver’s License or UCF ID must be presented in order to check out reserve materials.  In addition, please have the course number/ prefix and instructor’s name with you to request reserve materials.

Please note that Reserve items will have a designated time restriction.  Reserve materials must be returned on time or will accrue a charge of $1.00 per hour.

Searching for Course Materials

Search for textbooks and other materials placed on Course Reserves across UCF Libraries locations. You can search by title, course number (e.g., ENC 1101), course name, or Professor’s name.

Results include all UCF Libraries locations, check their availability to see the campus where your item is located.

Some items, including ebooks, used in courses may also be located in our General Collection. Search our entire catalog for a full list of materials available through the UCF Libraries.

See our Course Materials page for more information about using course reserves, including how faculty can place materials on reserve for their courses.

Screenshot denoting the location of the course reserves button in Primo.

Using Course Reserves at UCF Connect Libraries

Information about Textbooks

Textbooks, Textbook Alternatives & Course Readings from Library Resources

The UCF Libraries builds collections that support the teaching and research mission of UCF. The goal is to build breadth and depth in the various UCF-supported disciplines while taking into account two key factors – funding and space. These factors weigh in the decision by the Libraries to purchase textbooks very judiciously. There are so many different textbooks used at UCF each semester that funding prohibits purchasing them all, so high enrollment courses with high cost textbooks receive priority. Slightly older editions and/or textbooks for other courses may occasionally be found on Reserve due to donations or because the book has been selected on its merits and not because it is an assigned textbook.

To see if the Libraries has your text, check the Library Catalog or just Ask Us!

Faculty – Placing Materials on Reserve

Fill Out the Reserve Form

Placing Materials on Reserve:

Course Reserves are class-related materials selected by faculty to support the university’s academic programs.

Reserve materials may include:

  • Books from the Library’s collections
  • Faculty member’s personal copy of books or journals.
  • Folders containing photocopies of specific journal articles or book chapters provided by the faculty member.
  • Photocopies of non-copyrighted materials such as class notes, tests, etc.
  • Audiovisual materials

The library staff strives to process all faculty requests for course reserves in a timely manner possible and in conformance to copyright law, as required by the UCF Office of the General Counsel.

  • Print materials can be put on reserve at the John C. Hitt Library on the 2nd floor at the Circulation Desk, the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC), the Downtown Campus Library, or at the Rosen Library.
  • Media items can be put on reserve at the John C. Hitt Library on 2nd floor at the Circulation Desk, the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC), the Downtown Campus Library, or the Rosen Library.

Instructors must complete a Reserve Form and submit it to the Circulation desk at the John C. Hitt Library, the CMC, the Downtown Campus Library, or the Rosen Library. Library staff will pull library owned books or media items from the Library shelves for placement on Reserves.

Personal items or any reproductions of materials to be placed on Reserves must be delivered in person to the library or emailed to The Library must have a completed Reserve form for any emailed items sent to Reserve. Emailed items must include all of the requested information listed below. When completing the form, the expiration date, office room number, and email address are important. This information is used to ensure timely removal and return of materials to the faculty member. Incomplete forms are held with the materials until complete information is obtained from the professor.

Provide all requested information for each item to be placed on reserve:

  • Complete citation for each journal article the student is expected to read.
  • Complete citation for each chapter excerpted from a complete work.
  • Complete citation for all personal books provided.
  • All photocopied items MUST include a copy of the original copyright statement from the photocopied work (see section 108(a) (3) of U.S. Copyright Law).

Copyright for reserves:

  • All reserve materials must comply with copyright laws.  See our Copyright Policies page for more information.

Removal of Materials from Reserve

All materials are removed from Reserve at the end of the semester. Personal copies, including all file folders, are returned to faculty at this time. Unless otherwise requested, the address listed on the Reserve form will be used to mail materials. The Library is not responsible for lost or damaged personal items placed on Reserves.

Questions about Reserves

For questions or assistance with course reserves, contact the Circulation department at the John C. Hitt Library, the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC), the Downtown Campus Library, or the Rosen Library.

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