University of Southern California

Placing Materials on Class Reserve

eReserve System

The Norris Library eReserve system makes USC Health Sciences course reading materials available online. Items on eReserve can be viewed from computers connected to the USC network, either on-campus, or from a remote site using the USC Libraries Remote Access Portal.

Materials placed on the eReserve system must adhere to US Copyright Law. As an instructor placing materials on reserve, you must establish copyright compliance, either by determining that an item meets fair use guidelines or obtaining the permission of the copyright holder. For more information on determining fair use or obtaining permission, visit our page on Library reserves and copyright.

To submit an item to be added to the eReserves system:

  • Complete and submit a signed copy of the Reserves request form to the Loan Desk.

  • Submit the items to be placed on reserve. Electronic files should be submitted on disk to the Loan Desk or emailed to Print documents should be submitted to the Loan Desk on 8.5 X 11” paper and must be clean and clearly legible. Please limit documents to fewer than 15 pages whenever possible.

Materials not accepted for eReserve include:

  • Materials from consumable products, such as workbooks, which students would normally purchase
  • Journal articles which have been included in a course reader that students are expected to purchase
  • Items for which copyright compliance has not been met

Print Reserve

Any item that is too lengthy (e.g., a book) or large (greater than 8.5 X 11”) to be scanned is placed in the library’s print reserve collection

To submit an item to be added to the print reserve collection:

    1. Complete the Reserves request form
    2. Determine whether use of the item falls within the fair use guidelines. If not, obtain copyright permission from the copyright holder. Visit the Library reserves and copyright page for information about the copyright law, fair use, and obtaining permission.
    3. Bring the completed form and the reserve item(s) to the library Loan Desk.

Processing Time

During the school year, allow at least one week for reserve materials to be added. Extra time is needed at the start of each semester. Materials are processed as received. For additional information, contact the Access Services office at (323) 442-1126 or

Revised 6/19/09


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