USM Libraries

Course Reserve Policies

Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic, the Libraries are not offering physical Reserves at this time.

Course reserves and textbooks are available but only accessible electronically. You can search for materials required for your course online using Ares.

Any request for a course reserve or textbooks by a student is welcome.  Due to copyright, we need to provide it via the course reserve site for your class.  We will take your request, process it, and inform the faculty member. Please provide the course name, number, instructor, and the material to be placed on reserve. Contact us at usm.reserves@maine.edu

The following information is reflective of the Libraries' physcial Reserve policies. We will return to this model once it is safe to do so.

 

General Information

The primary purpose of Reserves is to make limited copies of required course material available in an equitable manner. Reserve material may include required readings, course notes or syllabi, past exams and audio/visual materials. Reserve material may also be in electronic format and available for viewing on the Internet.

Reserve materials are generally located in the Library on the campus where the course is offered. Materials are shelved and circulated from the Circulation Department and are accessible whenever the Libraries are open. Electronic reserve items are available, via the Internet, at all times.

A barcoded Library card must be presented to borrow Reserve material. Reserve items are to be used by Faculty, staff and students with a current USM Card.

Reserve Loans

Reserve materials circulate for either:
2 hours
24 hours
3 days

Reserve materials are not renewable.

Two reserve items may be borrowed at a time.

Holds and recalls are not allowed on reserve materials.

Overdue Policy

Reserve materials are due at the circulating campus Library by the date/time due.

Fines $2.00 per hour/day
Billed item charge $35.00
Processing charge $10.00

Overdue notices are a courtesy and the Library takes no responsibility for the non-receipt of overdue notices.

How to find Reserves on URSUS

From the main menu screen on URSUS, select "R" Course Reserves. You may search the Reserves list by by professor "P" or Course name or number "C". Select the Reserve course for your campus and the list of materials on reserve for the course will be displayed.

How to Obtain Reserve Materials

Reserve materials are filed by the Course Number and then Title of the Item. Please have your library card ready when requesting reserves. Reserve items are to be used by Faculty, staff and students with a current USM Card.

Reserve FAQ

How do I place materials on Electronic Reserves?

Any request for a course reserve or textbooks by a student is welcome.  Due to copyright, we need to provide it via the course reserve site for your class.  We will take your request, process it, and inform the faculty member. Please provide the course name, number, instructor, and the material to be placed on reserve. Contact us at usm.reserves@maine.edu

Will the library scan material if I do not have an electronic verison of a document?

The library will scan physical course reserves materials into an Adobe PDF document.

Who has access to Electronic Reserves materials?

Only current students and faculty have access to the Ares Electronic Reserve System.  Users login with their maine.edu credentials.

What about copyright?

The library works to follow the provisions of academic fair use.

USM maintains a reserve collection, in both print and electronic formats, to support the instructional requirements of specific courses. The copyrighted material included in course reserves should be covered by the "Fair Use" provisions of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 (Section 107). The Library will follow the principle of fair use when placing materials on course reserve. Fair use provisions are based on brevity, spontaneity and immediacy. Materials submitted which violates any of these principles will NOT knowingly be made available by the Library. Faculty will be notified upon discovery of copyright violations.