Faculty please note: The Library's Course Reserves Service has changed since the Spring 2017 semester. After reading below, please let us know if you have any questions.

Course Reserve Service

The Library's Course Reserves Service allows instructors to set aside books, films, sound recordings and other physical items for class use. Items can be identified online via CatSearch, and checked out at the Borrow Desk. The lending period for all Course Reserves is currently four hours. 

Students

Access your instructor's physical course reserve items using the Course Reserve tab search option in CatSearch.

  • In the search box, type in the 4 letter abbreviation (ex: BMGT 205 for Business Management) to bring up all items for that class.
  • Or, if you know the title of the item, simply type that in the search box and click on the yellow search button.
  • Once you find the item, look for the ORR number (ex: ORR 180). That is the number you'll use when requesting the item at the Borrow Desk.
  • Be sure to have your CatCard with you to ensure a speedy checkout process.

Faculty

Faculty may place library owned items on Reserve, or may use personal copies of items. An online form for reserve requests is coming. In the interim, please contact your library reserve specialists to place items on reserve.

  • Contact: Dave Michael - dmichael@montana.edu - or phone 406-994-3139. 
  • Contact: Stephanie Breen - sbreen@montana.edu - or phone 406-994-3139. 

Electronic Reserves Has Been Discontinued

We have discontinued our Electronic Reserves (E-Reserves) service. E-Reserves were electronic copies (usually PDF files) of articles or book chapters place on Reserve though a software system called Ares. In its place we are creating an assistance program to help faculty transition to using the campus-wide Brightspace LE by D2L content management system. Faculty opting-in to this service can receive one-on-one assistance from our librarians and staff on best practices for placing your former E-Reserves content into Brightspace. In addition, our librarians can assist with additional content related advice. For example, we have expertise in content placement that can go beyond simple file placement, such as providing direct links into databases and other electronic content provided by the library.

Please let us know if you would like to opt-in to our transitional service by contacting me or your library reserve specialists, Dave Michael - dmichael@montana.edu & Stephanie Breen - sbreen@montana.edu

Course Related Scanning Service

The library will continue to offer faculty a scanning service for course related materials. Faculty may bring items to the library for scanning. Electronic copies will be provided back to faculty for uploading into Brightspace LE by D2L, the campus course management system. Please contact your library reserve specialists to place items on reserve.

  • Contact: Dave Michael - dmichael@montana.edu - or phone 406-994-3139. 
  • Contact: Stephanie Breen - sbreen@montana.edu - or phone 406-994-3139. 

Copyright

Faculty are responsible for ensuring that scanned materials meet the Fair Use criteria as defined by Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976. In general, the MSU Library follows these fair use guidelines for materials currently protected by copyright:

  • Books: 1 chapter or 10% of a book.
  • Articles: 1 article from a journal issue

 More details related to copyright can be found on this library guide.