The conversation around Course Reserves for Fall Quarter 2020 is evolving. Please contact your Liaison Librarian for more information.

The purpose of the Reserve collection is to provide increased access to materials in high demand. Reserve circulation is limited to short loan periods, ranging from one hour to one week. Items with periods of less than 24 hours must stay in the library. Items placed on Reserve should be limited to required reading, viewing, or listening only.

Faculty placing library-owned materials on Reserve are encouraged to collect these items from the stacks. For assistance, contact the Front Desk at

  • Materials owned by faculty can also be placed on Reserve.
  • Barcodes and labeling will be applied to faculty owned materials.
  • The Library cannot be responsible for other damage the items may receive due to increased use. Faculty may retrieve personal Reserve materials from the library at the end of the quarter.
  • Materials not picked up will be returned via campus mail.

Please allow at least 1 business day for the items you wish to place on reserve to be processed.

You may submit your reserve requests through our online form below (link disabled until planning for Course Reserves for Fall Quarter 2020 is finalized). If you have any questions or need alternative submission options, contact the Front Desk at or 206-281-2228.


What types of materials can be put on Reserve?
The Library can place books, media (CDs, DVDs, etc), and photocopies of articles on Reserve. These materials must be owned by either the SPU Library or the faculty person placing the item on Reserve. In accepting material for Reserve, the Library assumes that the copy has been made in compliance with the Fair Use provision of Section 107 of the Copyright Law.

What types of material cannot be put on Reserve?
Books or material borrowed from other libraries or video stores cannot be placed on Reserve. Neither can items that are in direct violation of U.S. Copyright Law.

How do students find reserve materials?
All reserves materials appear in the online library catalog. Look up the item by typing in the course number with no spaces (example: UFDN1000) or by the instructor's last name. Students should bring the call number to the Circulation desk for the item they wish to check out. It is important to note that students may borrow only two reserve items at a time and must have a valid SPU ID card to check them out. Assistance for students trying to access course reserves is available at the Circulation and Reference desks.

What difficulties with reserves frequently arise?
Books and photocopies of articles are heavily used when on course reserve. Sometimes books suffer from unexpected wear-and-tear or pages disappear from the folders containing photocopies. When this happens, the library staff makes an effort to inform the instructor.

What can faculty do to make accessing reserve materials easier?
Bring in materials for reserve two to three days before your students need to access them. Sometimes reserve materials will be available for checkout the day you bring them in, but items are processed on a first-come-first-served basis. So at the beginning of the quarter, submit materials with time to spare.

List items on the Reserve Request Form in the same way you refer to these items in class. SPU owned items are entered into the online catalog by the official title, but faculty-owned items and photocopies are given the title you provide on reserve request form. It will benefit the students if the course syllabus and the library reserve record list the item the same way.

Does the Library manage electronic reserves?
No, but Educational Technology and Media can scan and post PDF materials onto Canvas. If you are interested in posting a journal article or other printed media in your online course site, contact ETM. All copyright regulations apply. Check the U.S. government’s fair-use policies before posting scanned documents to Canvas.

Additionally, you may wish to link to articles available in the library databases to provide information to your students through websites, syllabi, and email. To get a link to a database or article, use “Persistent Links.”

Test Files
This particular collection of materials has restricted access, which library staff enforces. If you are unsure about test-file policies, speak with a librarian.