Course Reserve Instructor Information

Library Textbook Purchasing: Seeking Donations!

Beginning Fall Semester 2021 the Stewart Library is creating a pilot textbook lending library using HEERF and donor funding. It is our goal to acquire one copy of every required text used in General Education courses. These materials will be made available to students in our Course Reserve collection.

We are asking that any extra instructor or department owned copies of currently used material in any course be considered for donation to the library. Materials are accepted as a permanent donation to the library with the following requirements:

  • Donated items are required or supplemental materials being used in currently taught courses
  • Materials are in relatively good condition (items are whole and complete with minimal markings inside)
  • Materials must be a copy the library is legally allowed to lend to our users. Material that does not meet this requirement will be returned to the donor.
  • All materials must first be approved by Resource Sharing staff and/or your Subject Librarian

Have questions or wish to donate material? Contact the Resource Sharing Department at If you do not wish to permanently donate material we encourage you to consider using Course Reserves with material as a temporary loan. See Submitting Course Reserve Material below for more information.

Print Course Reserves

Many students rely on course reserve materials for access to their print textbooks. The Stewart Library is committed to student success. We are working with faculty to identify and provide access to textbook alternatives, including:

  • Utilize physical reserves by providing the library with a personal copy of textbooks and supplemental material. The library then makes these available to students on short term loans.
  • Using an e-book available from the library's licensed e-book collection. Many academic e-books are not classified as textbooks and are available for library purchase.
  • Linking to academic content from the library's existing collection of electronic resources, such as journal articles, streaming media, and other digital material.
  • Adopting an open education resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for modification and re-use by instructors.
  • Posting individual book chapters or excerpts of scanned content, subject to copyright limitations.

Need advice on how to find and integrate no-cost course materials? Contact your Subject Librarian or the Resource sharing department at

Students may request select pages or chapters from print reserves to be scanned and electronically delivered to them. Scan requests must be submitted to Interlibrary Loan.


Submitting Course Reserve Material

In processing material for Faculty requested course reserve, the Library requires the following:

  • Material must be delivered at least three days prior to the date of intended use.
  • URL links and electronic files are accepted and recommended. Files can be emailed to
  • Selections from library owned material will be scanned upon request.
  • All material must be accompanied by a Reserve Request Form.
  • Material submitted must be in conformance with WSU Library, WSU, and U.S. Copyright guidelines.
  • All material requiring copyright permissions must be submitted with written copyright permission.
  • Material received from an instructor that is not in compliance with copyright policies (see below) will not be processed and will be returned to the instructor.
  • Material received from an instructor without a Reserve Submission form will not be processed and will be returned to the instructor.


Copyright Compliance Statements

Course Reserves in the WSU Library and Conformance with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) & University Policy

In providing Course Reserve services for instructors, the Library accepts the following:

  • Single copy of copyrighted material provided by an instructor for use in a single course during a single semester when the copying meets the tests for fair use, brevity, spontaneity, and cumulative effect.
  • Single copy of material produced and provided by an instructor (e.g., syllabi, sample exams, etc.)
  • Single copy of copyrighted material intended for simultaneous use in multiple courses and/or to be used over successive semesters only when copyrighted permission has been obtained from the copyright holder and are on file with the Library's Reserve Office.
  • Reserve personnel will assist instructors in obtaining copyright permissions upon request.
  • Material for which copyright permission is required but cannot be obtained will not be processed and will be returned to the instructor by the Reserve Supervisor.