Course reserves material will be made available either in print or electronic format. Print course reserves include books, videotapes, DVDs, and other physical material. Electronic course reserves include articles, book chapters, syllabi, lecture notes, etc.

Print Course Reserves

No more than one copy for every thirty students enrolled in a course will be accepted for print course reserves, up to a maximum of three copies per item.

If the Libraries do not own the item to be placed on print course reserves, please recommend that the item be purchased. You may also place your own personal copy on reserve if you would like, with an additional personal copy waiver form which can be found at Richter or here.

What materials can be placed on print course reserves:

  • most materials owned by the University of Miami Libraries
  • materials written by the instructor and for which the instructor owns copyright
  • personal copies of books, audio-visual materials, textbooks, and commercially produced course packs.
    • Please understand that the Libraries cannot be held liable for the loss or damage of personal copies. While textbooks are not usually purchased by the Libraries, we encourage placement of personal copies of textbooks on course reserves.

What materials are not placed on print course reserves:

  • ready reference materials
  • materials from non-UM libraries
  • consumables consisting of workbooks, exercises, test booklets, and similar materials
  • copies of videotapes/DVDs, or copies of off-air broadcasts


Electronic Course Reserves

A complete bibliographic citation is required for all copyrighted materials.

Electronic files are accepted in the following formats:

  • Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc)
  • Text File (.txt)
  • HyperText Markup (.htm)
  • JPEG (.jpg)

Items placed on course reserves may require copyright clearance prior to being placed on reserve. Items that are denied permission will be inactivated from course reserves. Course Reserves staff will notify the instructor and discuss other options.

The Libraries reserve the right to decline a request based on their interpretation of the Copyright Law.