Course Reserves

Morgan State Reserves 

Search Course Rerseves in the Library Catalog

Faculty members may place library materials on Reserve for use by their students. Reserves are shelved at the Circulation Desk and are available for use within the Library for short periods of time. Materials on Reserve are noted in the online catalog--searchable by the instructor's name, course number, course name, department name, or words in the title.

Faculty wishing to place materials on reserve should make their requests on a Faculty Reserve Request form, available at the Circulation Desk or online

New Reserve Fines Policy

  • Reserve items accrue $0.25 per hour that material is overdue. Overdue fines apply after 2 hour borrow time.
  • Items will be billed as lost on the following day if not returned. 
  • Patron will pay $80.00 fine for each item billed as "lost".
  • If lost item is returned, patron will be billed only the total of overdue hourly fines incurred at the time of return up to a maximum of $25.00.


  • Faculty should make their requests on Faculty Reserve Request forms and submit them at the Circulation Desk at least five days prior to the beginning of the reserve period.  Please allow two weeks processing time if the items are needed at the beginning of a semester.
  • Faculty are requested to pull the items from the shelves and present them to the Circulation desk for processing.  Books that are in circulation will be recalled.
  • Periodical articles or passages from books should be submitted in photocopy form. The Library staff will make up to four additional copies, in accordance with copyright restrictions.
  • Articles that are available online, full text, through the database subscriptions will not be accepted for Reserves. Faculty are asked to check current databases before requesting that an item be placed on reserve.
  • Non-circulating materials from Reference or other specialized service areas are not placed on Reserve. They remain in the area where they are usually housed: Reference, Special Collections, Government Documents, Multimedia.
  • Faculty who wish to place personal copies of books or other items on Reserve may do so, but such items are accepted for reserve at the owner's risk. Understand that bar codes labels and reserve labels will be affixed to the personal items.
  • Materials will be removed from reserve status on the date specified by the instructor or at the end of the academic session. Instructors must submit new lists each academic term, in accordance with copyright regulations.

Faculty Reserve Request forms are available online or they may be picked up at the Circulation Desk. For questions, contact Mrs. Eva Colbert in the Circulation Department by telephone at 443-885-3477 or x1710. Faculty Reserve Request Form 

Copyright Restrictions 

The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the Law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproductions. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of that order would involve violation of the law. 

Copyright Information: 

    • The Library will accept for Reserves a photocopy of only one chapter from a work by a single author.
    • Photocopies of not more than three chapters or articles from a collective work or periodical volume may be placed on reserve over the course of one semester--but no more than one chapter or article from each collective work or periodical volume may be on reserve at the same time.
    • Photocopies of copyrighted material may not be placed on reserve for more than one semester.
    • Written permission from the copyright holder is required before the item may be placed on reserve again.
    • The instructor is responsible for obtaining written permission and submitting it along with the items to be placed on reserve.
    • No photocopies may be made from "consumable" works--i.e., workbooks, answer sheets, test booklets, etc.
    • The bibliographical citation for each photocopied chapter or article must be noted on the first page of the photocopy.
    • Detailed information about copyright is available online from the U.S. Copyright Office.
    • For information on how to request copyright permission, visit the online site of the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
    • Obtaining copyright permission can often be done more efficiently and quickly through the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). It has the right to grant permission and collect fees. Its address and phone number are:

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
222 Rosewood Drive
Danvers, MA 01923
Telephone: (508) 750-8400