Course Reserves During COVID-19

Physical materials, including faculty-owned items, will be placed on 3-day quarantine upon return to the library. This will greatly affect the availability of materials to students. Please keep this in mind before putting materials on reserve.

Because of this, we strongly encourage faculty to use e-reserves for Fall 2020. To place items on e-reserve, please contact

If you need a book chapter or pages from a Reserve item, you can request them using the Periodical Request Service form.

If you require DVDs for your class, please contact to inquire about getting the films digitized for online viewing. Please note we also subscribe to two databases that offer streaming videos.

Please send any questions you may have to or call (507) 457-5149.


Course Reserves

The Krueger Library has two types of reserves:

  • Print reserves are items WSU instructors have set aside for students in their classes to check out on a short-term basis. These items may be library-owned or instructor-owned. Most print reserve items are in-library use only and have a two-hour checkout period.
  • E-reserves are scanned documents available online.

Finding Course Reserves

Print reserves

Search for print reserves by instructor name, course or subject on the library homepage or on the course reserves search screen of the library catalog.


E-reserves are not in the library catalog. Search by instructor name, course name, course number or department in our e-reserves system. If you are off campus, you will be asked to enter your 14-digit WSU barcode number on the back of your WSU ID.

Policies for Instructors

Bring the item(s) you wish to place on reserve, along with the appropriate course reserve form, to the library front desk. If you are placing books or media on reserve, use the Book or Media Course Reserve Form (PDF). If you are placing articles on reserve or requesting copies be made, use the Articles or Copies Course Reserve Form (PDF). Please allow a minimum of two business days for processing.

Please provide the following information for all reserve processing:

  • Instructor's name
  • Course number
  • Semester to be on reserve
  • Number of students in the class

For e-reserves, provide:

  • Journal Article, with full citation
  • Copies from a book with full citation, or the actual book.

For instructor-owned videos, DVDs, CDs and discs provide:

  • An appropriate container to prevent damage
  • Clearly labeled with the title to be used when the student requests the material.

Scotch tape is used in the processing of reserve items, including books. The library is not responsible for damage to instructor materials.


Coordinate removal of reserves items with Mackenzie Morning ( or 507.457.5433). At the end of each semester, the circulation staff will remove all reserve materials from active reserves shelving. Library-owned materials will be returned to the regular collection unless:

  • The same course number will be taught the next semester by the same instructor, as verified through the WSU Class Schedule
  • The instructor has requested that the items stay on reserve

Please collect instructor-owned materials from the library at the end of the semester. If you do not, they will be returned to you using campus mail. 

Krueger Library will put materials on e-reserves based on certain guidelines. These guidelines are not limited to, but include:

  • Number of pages in the document, which must be less than or equal to one full chapter or up to 10% of a book
  • Potential copyright costs
  • Number of times the same item has been placed on reserve


Fair use is based on a combination of the following four factors from the U.S. Copyright Act (Title 17, Section 107 U.S. Code):

  • The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit education purposes
  • The nature of the copyrighted work
  • The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  • The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

For more information on copyright, please review the Copyright Policy at Winona State University.