Using the course readings service (course reserves)

Course Readings (Reserves) Request Form

Before making the decision to copy from protected sources, instructors are strongly encouraged to work with their Liaison Librarians to identify alternative sources for classroom instruction from the vast amount of digital content available through library subscriptions, Creative Commons licenses, Open Access websites or materials not under copyright protection (public domain). See alternative online resources.
 

What is the Course Readings (Reserves) Collection?

Course Readings are comprised of high demand print or digital materials selected by instructors for use by students registered in specific courses at the University of Windsor.
 

Course Readings (Reserves) consist of:

Print:

  • Commercially published text books;
  • Courseware packages;
  • Library-owned books, journal volumes and other materials;
  • Instructor-owned books;
  • Materials in which the instructor holds copyright (i.e. lecture notes, PPT);

Digital:

  • Links to e-journals and e-books licensed by the Library;
  • Links to websites, provided links are not prohibited and also provided the content is not being made available without the consent of the copyright owner;
  • Digital copies of materials in which the instructor holds copyright (i.e. lecture notes, PPT slides);
  • Digital copies of copyrighted materials;

How can digital copies of copyrighted materials be made available?

There are two options:

  1. Copies/scans can be made under specific statutory provisions and in accordance with the University of Windsor Fair Dealing Policy and the Fair Dealing Copying Guidelines for Faculty & Staff;
  2. With permission of the copyright holder (see Leddy Library Copyright Clearance Service)

Using the course readings service (course reserves)

To use the course readings (reserves) service, please use the Place items in Course Reserve form or email your reading list of works to coursereserves@uwindsor.ca.

Where is the Course Readings (Reserves) collection?

The collection is at the Information Desk , Main Floor, Leddy Library (519.253.3000 x3402).

Are there limits to the number of physical items that can be placed at the Information Desk in the Leddy Library?

Due to space constraints and processing demands, a limit of 40 items per course is in place. Under exceptional circumstances, appeals to exceed this limit may be submitted to Karen Pillon, Head, Access Services.

What about if the Library doesn't own the materials?

It's possible to place a personal copy of any commercially produced item (book, video, music CD). Bring any personal copies you wish to place on reserve to the Information Desk.

The Leddy Library will also attempt to order books or other materials needed. Please contact the liaison librarian for your department well in advance of when the item is needed to inquire about ordering materials that the Library does not own.

Submission Deadlines

In order to ensure your readings are available at the start of classes, submissions must be received by the following dates.

  • Fall Semester: August 15th
  • Winter Semester: December 15th
  • Inter/Summer Session: April 15th

Late submissions will be processed as they're received, but may not be available at the start of classes due to processing and volume.


Borrowing

Borrowing is restricted to University of Windsor students, faculty and staff. Present your University of Windsor ID card and the call number of the item at the Circulation Desk. Up to two Reserve items may be borrowed at any one time.

  • Loan Periods
    • 2-Hour reserve items may be borrowed anytime during the day for two hour periods and may be signed out for overnight use one hour prior to closing.
       
    • 1, 3 and 7-Day reserve items may be borrowed anytime during the day. They are due back at either library closing time or midnight (whichever is earlier) on the date stamped in the book.
       
  • Renewals
    • No renewals are allowed on reserve items. A one hour wait period is required before an item can be borrowed again by the same person.
       
  • Returns
    • Return reserve items to the Circulation Desk. DO NOT place them in the Book Return Bins.
       
  • Fines
    • The fine for late return of reserve material is $3.00 per hour per item. Fines accumulate even when the Leddy Library is closed.
       
  • Assistance
    • Staff at the Circulation Desk and Reference Help Desk are available to answer any questions that you may have about the Course Reserve Collection.