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Course Reserves for Faculty at UMass Lowell

Policies and forms for putting material on reserve for courses at UMass Lowell Libraries

Course Reserves- Faculty


  • Required or supplemental material assigned by instructors for courses
  • Find reserve material in the Libraries' catalog
  • Physical materials are available at the Circulation Desk at Lydon or O'Leary Library
  • Online materials are available with UML email and password

Reserve Policies Statement

The UMass Lowell Libraries welcome your reserves materials. In order to ensure quality, equity, and to be in compliance with United States copyright law we have established these policies. If you would like to place materials on reserve that are not eligible under these policies, librarians will be happy to work with you to find appropriate substitutions. Title 17 of the U.S. Code may be viewed at the Office of Law Revision Counsel.

Please review our Reserves policies.

  • Items may be placed on Reserve at any time during the semester but may take up to two weeks to process. Bringing Reserves items to the Access Services department earlier than two weeks in advance is encouraged and appreciated.
  • If the Library does not own an item needed for reserve, faculty members may fill our this form to request a purchase. While we can't purchase every item needed for a course, we try to fill requests when we can. 
  • If you are not sure whether we own an item or not, please contact the Research & Learning team at for help discovering what materials the library already owns. 
  • Personal copies of books and/or CDs may be placed on Reserve.
  • Barcode stickers and call number labels will be affixed to personal copies of materials being placed on Reserve.
  • Full text articles available from the Libraries' databases or online on the open web may be placed on Reserve.
  • eBooks available from the Libraries' databases or the open web may be placed on Reserve.
  • No more than one copy of photocopied articles per 25 students in a class may be placed on Reserve.
  • Items obtained through Interlibrary Loan may not be placed on Reserve.
  • No more than 25 photocopies and/or 25 books or other media items per course for a limit of 50 items total may be placed on Reserve.
  • No more than one chapter of a particular book may be photocopied and placed on Reserve.
  • No more than 5 articles from one journal title published in the past five years may be placed on Reserve.
  • All photocopies will be stamped with a copyright notice.
  • Photocopies may remain on reserve for one semester only.
  • Any item not in compliance with copyright law will be returned to the faculty member.
  • Personal copies and photocopies must be retrieved within two weeks of the end of the semester after that time, they will be delivered to the department office.

To request streaming media for your course, please fill out this form