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Course Reserves: Course Reserves



Course Reserves provides Woodbury University students, faculty, and staff access to supplementary course materials such as books, journal articles, audiovisual materials, sample tests and more. Instructors place items in the library's course reserves collection at the beginning of each semester to ensure the availability of materials that are to be used by the class members in a specific course.

The course reserves collection is located behind the library's circulation service desk. You need to know your instructor's name and the course number for easier access.

Depending upon the type of loan period your instructor has set up, you may borrow materials for 2 hours, 24 hours, or 3 days. You must use your Woodbury University ID to borrow materials.

Reserve materials must be returned to the circulation service desk to avoid late charges. The overdue/late fine for reserve materials is 25¢ per hour per item. The maximum fine per item is $25.00.

How to Use

Burbank: Reserve requests can be placed here or using a print form.

To allow sufficient time for acquiring and processing materials, please submit your form for each course at least 48 hours before the start of the semester (weekends not included).  For materials added during the semester, items will be placed on reserve within 48 hours unless there is a problem with the material (weekends not included).

San Diego: Requests can be placed by contacting Kelly Fortmann.

General Guidelines for Course Reserve Materials

Due to space limitations, reserve materials will be available only for the semester in which the class is taught.
The following types of materials may be placed on reserve:

  • Woodbury University Library books
  • Personal copies of books supplied by instructor
  • A copy of a chapter or excerpt from a book
  • Photocopies of journal, magazine or newspaper articles supplied by instructor
  • Handbooks, solution manuals, lecture notes, case studies, class readings, etc., supplied by instructor
  • Exams/quizzes from previous semesters supplied by instructor

The library cannot accept the following for course reserves:

  • Multiple chapters from the same book, unless copyright permission is supplied in advance
  • Multiple articles from the same journal, magazine or newspaper, unless copyright permission is supplied in advance
  • Books borrowed from other libraries
  • The library will not place materials on reserve if the nature, scope, or extent of the copied material is beyond the reasonable limits of Fair Use.

Please include a complete bibliographic citation for works from which copies were made. If a library book on your request form is currently checked out, it will be recalled for you. If the library does not currently own an item on your reserve list, please contact your department's library liaison/subject specialist to discuss purchase possibilities.  Please be aware this does not guarantee the item will be purchased or will arrive by the time needed.
By submitting materials for inclusion in the Woodbury University Library Course Reserves, you are acknowledging that you have read the copyright notice (see the 'Copyright Notice' tab above).

If you have questions, please contact:

Burbank: Course Reserve Manager, Kathleen Glover, at 818-252-5205 or

San Diego: Kelly Fortmann, at 619-235-2900 x422 or

Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials for Library Reserves

The policy governing reserve materials is based on the provisions of fair use of the United States Copyright Act of 1976. Section 107 of the Copyright Act expressly permits the making of multiple copies for classroom use. 
In determining fair use there are four factors to be considered:

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

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