Course Reserves

Physical Items

Some physical course reserves are available for student checkout at the Forest Grove and Hillsboro campus libraries.

  • Reserves lend for 2 days and are quarantined after their return.
  • To access a reserve item, check for availability in the library catalog
  • For faculty wishing to request new course reserve items: new requests are being taken for summer and fall 2021 only. New items are not being placed on reserve for spring 2020 (more information). We recommend you use eReserves as a digital alternative.


eReserves are electronic copies of course readings which you can make available to your students online. For all eReserves, please check for copyright compliance before requesting scans or posting material.

If you have an electronic copy of your course reserve you may upload it to Moodle. Contact for assistance.

If the Libraries have an electronic copy of an item you would like to place on course reserve we may be able to add it to a reading list. Contact for assistance.

If you need an electronic copy of your course reserve the library can provide you with scans of print materials when the following criteria are met:

  • Materials are for instructional use
  • Materials include no more than one chapter, or up to 10 percent of a book (whichever is less), or a single article from a journal issue. See our table of fair use “safe harbor” guidelines for size restrictions on other formats.
  • Materials meet the Fair Use Guidelines under the U.S. copyright law (Title 17, United States Code). See our guide to using copyrighted material for instruction for guidance.

Note: If you have received permission from a copyright holder to use material, the limitations of extent/amount used above do not apply (except as specified as part of permission).

If your materials meet the above criteria, email to request scans.

If your materials do not meet the above criteria (for example, you want to use more than the amounts specified above), you may wish to conduct a more in-depth fair-use analysis – contact for assistance. For assistance identifying alternative resources, contact a liaison librarian.

For additional information, please review our recommended steps for faculty looking for library access to required course books.