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Paley Library: Placing Hard Copy Books, Chapters and Articles On Reserve

Guidelines and Limitations:

Instructors can place books, chapters, articles and videos on course reserves. 

Copies of journal articles and book chapters are placed on electronic reserve and some videos may be streaming.

For copyright reasons we cannot place course packs, photocopies of pages from workbooks or compilations of photocopied readings on reserve.  Instructors may place compilations of their own lecture notes and examinations on reserve, provided that they are the owners of the copyrights for these materials.

Please note: instructor requests are processed on a first come, first served basis. Instructors need to place their requests as soon as possible before the beginning of the semester to ensure timely processing. Delays in processing should be considered for items not owned by Temple Libraries.

Placing items on Reserve:

To access Ares Course Reserves, log into your Blackboard account. Find the course you would like to link to Ares under My Courses. All Banner-issued Blackboard courses are automatically created in the new Blackboard hosted environment 4 weeks prior to the start date of the semester.  If you don't see your course, or if you need any further assistance with Blackboard, please contact the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (formerly known as the Instructional Support Center) at 215-204-0789, or

Create a Course Reserves link on your course menu so your students will have access to your reserve material. Make sure that Edit mode is on before completing these steps. Click on Add Menu Item (the + sign on the upper left corner of the Course Menu). Name the link Course Reserves. Choose Ares Course Reserves in the dropdown menu of the Type box. Check the Available to Users box. Click on the Course Reserves link to connect to your Ares homepage.

On this screen you can subscribe to email notifications. You will receive a message each time an item is made available. You can unsubscribe at any time. Under the Instructor Course Tools menu you will find various options. Switch to Student Mode allows you to view your course as a student. Under Add new or import previous reserve items you can request new items or import items from a course you taught previously. If you want to use material from a course that you taught prior to Summer 2013, when we began using Ares, please contact us at 215-204-0744, or Reserve item usage will only show usage statistics for electronic reserves. Please contact us for book circulation statistics. Under the Instructor Tools menu you can view previous, current or upcoming courses where you have used, or will be using Ares material.

Instructors' personal copies of books may be placed on reserve, with few exceptions. These items will be labeled and bar-coded, and will probably sustain more than average wear and tear. It should be noted that, while the Libraries make every effort to ensure that instructors' personal books are not stolen or damaged, this does sometimes happen. Temple University Libraries cannot be responsible for the replacement or compensation of lost or damaged material.

Removing items from Reserve:

Items are automatically removed from reserve at the end of each semester.

Physical items owned by the University Libraries are returned to the stacks and personal copies are returned to instructors through interoffice mail or can be picked up from the Circulation Desk.

Electronic reserves can still be accessed by the instructor through the previous courses option under Instructor tools on the Ares homepage. Students will not be able to view e-reserves after the end of the semester.

Any questions should be directed to 215 204-0744 or by emailing

Paley Library: Placing Media Services items on Reserve

Placing Films and Other Media on Reserve

Guidelines and limitations:

Instructors may place films or other non-print materials on reserve at the Paley Library's ground floor Media Services desks. 

Students will be allowed four-hour checkouts of these items for in-house use.  Viewing stations for VHS and DVD (including PAL and international formats) are available in Media Services. 

The library will attempt to acquire copies of required viewings.  It can take several months to order and process new items, so please plan accordingly.  Also, please be aware that films go out-of-print, and rights issues may prevent films from being available.

Instructor's may place personal copies of films on reserve, provided that the copy complies with copyright law.  Personal films are labeled and barcoded, and may sustain wear and tear.  The libraries make every effort to ensure the safety of instructors' personal copies, but is not responsible for replacement or compensation if theft or damage should occur.


Please direct any further questions about media reserves to