Reserve Overview

The IUP Libraries' Course Reserves services provide access to printed materials or photocopies of course readings and similar items, selected by faculty for use in a specific course, for credited educational programs at IUP. Course reserves are housed at the Reserves Desk in Stapleton Library and circulated to students as directed by faculty.

Reserve materials can include books, textbooks, book chapters, journal articles, old exams, professor's notes, and homework solutions necessary for course work.

Books and Media

The most common reserve materials are books and media, like a movie or a sound recording. Original copies of books, VHS tapes, DVDs, and CDs published at the direction of the copyright holder, or materials created by the professor (as copyright holder), already comply with the copyright policy and can be put on reserve for whatever length of time the professor chooses.

  • To place a book on reserve, please complete the Book Reserve Form.
    • If you are placing a special edition of a textbook (such as an instructor's copy) on reserve, please check the textbook special edition procedures before submitting your request.
  • To place a media item on reserve, please complete the Media Reserve Form. Please note: If you need a media item held for a specific date to show in class, contact the Media Desk for assistance.

Articles and Non-Book/Media Materials

Articles and Other Photocopied Materials describe the requirements and steps to place other material types on reserve at the IUP Libraries.

Copyright Note

Course reserve materials may be placed on reserve only so long as doing so complies with the copyright policy of the university and the copyright laws of the United States.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of fair use, that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


Joyce Piper, Circulation/Reserve/Media Supervisor: 724-357-4717 /