Course Reserves is a service available to FIU faculty that will house materials required for use in class. Course Reserves provides a location for these materials assigned to students enrolled in classes on a semester-by-semester basis.
Materials may be in print, electronic, and multimedia formats in compliance with the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Whenever possible and allowed by the U.S. Copyright Law, materials will be scanned as electronic documents and made available to students 24/7.
Course Reserves, Copyright, and You
Course Reserves services are provided for students at the Circulation Desks in the Green Library (MMC), the Hubert Library (BBC), the Engineering Library Services in the Engineering Center, and the Sound & Image Desk, Green Library 5th Floor.
Complete the form online or in-person. Personal items that you wish to be placed on Course Reserves must be brought to the designated location for processing. Please contact us if you have questions at 305-348-3775 (Green Library, Print & Electronic Reserves), 305-919-5736 (Hubert Library), or 305-348-2418 (Green Library, Sound & Image).
Course Reserves Request
Overdue fines and charges for damaged or lost materials are possible. Please advise your students to observe the due dates and due times to avoid incurring fines and charges.
Depending upon the time of the semester, please allow approximately two weeks processing for Library-owned materials. To expedite processing time, instructors may retrieve the materials from the stacks. If an item is checked out, it will be recalled immediately. The same material(s) may be shared by multiple instructors. The loan period will be limited to 2 hours in order to provide equitable access.
Materials not owned by the FIU Libraries will be ordered based upon the availability of funds. Please allow sufficient time for purchasing and processing new books. Some material types, such as textbooks, will not be purchased. Please contact us if you have questions.
Personal materials will be processed and circulated according to standard reserve procedures, including labeling to facilitate check out, and sensitization to deter theft. If the library owns the item, the library's copy will be placed on reserve and the instructor's copy returned unless specifically requested otherwise. While efforts will be made to safeguard materials, the library is not responsible for any damage to or theft of personal items placed on Course Reserve.
To ensure that materials will be available when needed, requests should be submitted approximately 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester. Most materials can be processed and made available within three (3) business days, depending upon the time of the semester. Additional processing time may be necessary for reasons including: requests on or after the first day of class, incomplete citations, materials that are currently unavailable, requests unaccompanied by the materials, requests requiring copyright permission, and materials that are not owned by the library. Please be assured that we will make every effort to process your requests as quickly as possible.
Materials are removed at the end of each semester, or earlier if the instructor requests. Instructors may also request removal of items from Course Reserves at anytime during the semester. To comply with the Copyright Law, at the end of each semester all materials must be removed or renewed for the following semester.