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FSU Course Reserves

A guide with details about Ferris course reserves using Alma and Primo.

Physical Course Reserves for Instructors

What may be placed on Physical Course Reserve?

The following materials are accepted for reserve on a case-by-case basis:

  • Books owned by the Library
  • Instructor’s personal copies of books 
  • A single photocopy of an article or book chapter
  • Old exams
  • Lecture notes
  • Study guides
  • Media

FLITE is not responsible for lost or damaged personal copy materials.

FLITE will make course reserves available within the limits of copyright. In accordance with fair use (Section 107 of U.S. Copyright Act), reserve collections may include copyrighted materials at the request of a faculty member or course instructor. For more information on copyright, please visit the Copyright Basics guide.

How to Place Material on Physical Reserve

  1. Request that physical material be placed on a FLITE course reserve by filling out and submitting a Course Reserve Request Form. 

  2. Any personal or department copies for the request should be dropped off at the 1st floor circulation desk or sent via campus mail to FLITE 414 c/o Course Reserves. FLITE is not responsible for an items damaged or lost while sent via campus mail. 

    • NOTE: Personal or department copies are books or media that an instructor or a college department has purchased and will be lending to FLITE for a class to use via the library's reserve collection.

  3. Course materials will be processed by FLITE staff. Please allow a minimum of 24 hours (excluding weekends/holidays) to process reserves. Please note: Any personal copies will have a barcode placed on the front cover.

  4. Instructors will receive a confirmation Email once the request has been filled and the reserve is available for use.

Where will my students be able to find material placed on Physical Reserve?

Students must be logged in to Primo/SmartSearch to see what's available on a course. (See the student tab for more detailed information.) Materials are available to check out upon request at the 1st floor Circulation Desk.

How Long Does Material Remain on Reserve?

When filling out a request form, instructors have a choice to place materials on reserve for the following periods:

  • Certain semester(s) in an academic year, up to 3 years
  • A full academic year, up to 3 years
  • A custom date range during an academic year

Reservations will be removed once the selected time period expires. To keep materials on reserve after the selected period, please submit a new reserve request form.

Once a course expires, a removal notification letter is sent to each instructor via email asking if they want reserve materials to remain for the following semester/year. No response will indicate an approval for the the library to remove the material(s) from the course. Library copies will be returned to their original library location in the book stacks and personal copies will be sent back to the instructor or department.