Print reserves refers to our collection of books and videos which can be borrowed for a three hour period and can used within and outside the library. The collection is located at the Circulation Desk.

  1. Reserves Policies
  2. Putting Items on Reserve
  3. Copyright Policy

Reserves Loan Periods

  • Course reserve materials circulate within and outside the library.
  • Most reserve items have a three-hour loan period—a few have a longer loan period.
  • There are no renewals of reserve items, though items may be checked out for another loan period based on demand and at the discretion of circulation staff.

Reserves Fines and Fees

All faculty, staff, and students are assessed overdue fines, to strongly encourage the timely return of items so that other patrons may access them. Fines for overdue reserve items are the following:

  • $0.10 cents per minute
  • maximum overdue charge: $150 per day

Replacement cost is determined by the actual cost to the library to replace the book and $15 for folders. The processing fee is $25 for each item.

Review your account to verify due dates, due times and any accrued fines.

Reserves Recalls

Any book in circulation may be recalled at anytime from any user, if that book is needed to be placed on reserve. Users receive a recall notice which shortens their loan period to 10 days from the date of the notice. The standard $0.75 a day overdue fine begins accumulating (no grace period) if the book is not returned by the shortened due date.

Putting Items on Reserve

The Reserves Department handles all reserve requests, both print and electronic. We place books and films on print reserve; we provide assistance with locating and creating electronic content for use in Blackboard and similar channels. We are located in room 030 on the fourth floor of Healey Library, on the Savin Hill Cove side of the building.

Submitting Materials to Be Put on Reserve

Materials should be submitted to the Reserves Processing Office (fourth floor of Healey Library) between 8:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.  You may also leave materials with the circulation staff on the second floor by completing a drop-off form, anytime the library is open.

Turnaround Time for Reserves Services

Faculty are asked to submit requests to the Library Reserves team 3-4 weeks before the start of the semester, or 3-4 weeks before students need to be able to access the readings, to ensure that the readings are available when students need them. The Library Reserves staff will do their best to accommodate requests with shorter turnaround times but cannot guarantee the availability of readings by the requested deadline in some cases. Items requested that must be purchased or acquired elsewhere can take up to 2-4 weeks to be available.

Reserve requests submitted after the start of the semester will be processed in the order in which they were received. 

Print Reserve Guidelines (for books and films)

  • Complete our online Reserves Request Form
  • Email us with questions at
  • If you're placing personal copies on reserve, bring them to the Reserves Processing Office from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m, or complete a drop-off form at the circulation desk anytime the library is open.
  • Personal copies of films must be commercially produced (no homemade video recordings). 
  • Please write your name on your items; the Reserves staff will do this if you do not.
  • Dust jackets are not used and will be removed.
  • Books and films placed on reserve circulate for 3 hours and may be used anywhere on campus. Though most reserve items have a 3-hour loan period, faculty may also choose a one-day loan, a two-day loan, or a one-week loan period.

E-Resources and Digitization Guidelines (for articles and book chapters)

Staff in the Reserves Department can assist you in locating and preparing required readings for use in Blackboard. 

Any hard copies submitted for digitization must include complete bibliographic information. Please submit digitization requests 3-4 weeks before a semester begins to ensure items will be available at the start of classes.

  • To comply with fair use guidelines, the following restrictions apply.  You may request:
    • A copy of only one article from any one journal, one periodical, or one newspaper issue (e.g. New York Times, 6/2/1953).
    • A copy of only one chapter or not more than 10% from any book or other monograph (conference proceedings; miscellaneous report, unpublished paper etc.).
    • A copy of only one poem, short story, or essay from a single volume whether or not from a collected work.
    • A copy of only one drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, one journal, one periodical, one journal, or one newspaper issue.

For more in-depth information, continue reading our copyright policy.

Reserves Copyright Policy

Healey Library's current policy is based on the policy adopted at the W.E.B. Dubois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

These polices were developed using the following guidelines and regulations:

  1. 17 USC 107: Fair use limitations on exclusive copyright right holder rights
  2. Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom Copying in Not-For-Profit Educational Institutions with Respect to Books and Periodicals: Published in House Report 94-1476 (Legislative history)
  3. American Library Association Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying for Classroom, Research and Library Reserve Use
  4. CONFU (Conference on Fair Use) Fair-Use Guidelines for Electronic Reserve Systems

Reserve materials may include books, journal articles, audiovisual materials, electronic resources, and other non-book items chosen by the faculty to support class instruction. The print and audiovisual materials are located on the second floor of Healey Library. Access to print reserves requires a valid UMass Boston student ID card with an active library barcode. Students may obtain a library barcode at the Circulation Desk (second floor of Healey Library). Electronic content is available 24/7, via Blackboard, databases, the library catalog, or other delivery methods chosen by instructors.

The purpose of a reserve collection is to:

  1. Support the needs of a group of patrons, usually enrolled in a University of Massachusetts class, but may also be a special seminar, or department within the university.
  2. Provide timely, convenient, and efficient access to high-demand materials.
  3. Protect materials that are at a high risk for theft or vandalism.

Principles governing the acquisition of materials for the library and supporting the use of the material in the course reserve system include:

  • All collections in the library, regardless of format, are acquired by the university for nonprofit educational purposes by students, staff, faculty and authorized users.
  • All library materials are acquired with the understanding that there will be multiple uses made of the item.
  • The library frequently pays an institutional subscription price for the privilege of supporting multiple academic users.

Section 107 Fair Use

Library reserve is a traditional library service that is provided in a manner that respects the rights of copyright holders and the limitations to those rights specified in current copyright laws, specifically the fair use provisions of Title 17, Section 107 of the United States Code. The text of Section 107 is:

Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified in that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use, the factors to be considered shall include—

  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials for Reserves
(Based on 17 USC 107, the Classroom Guidelines, and ALA's Model Policy)

  1. Materials will only be placed on reserve at the request of faculty.
  2. Course reserve materials are intended solely for non-commercial, educational use.
  3. The following use of copyrighted material is permissible according to fair use guidelines:
    • Books the library owns (print reserve only)
    • Personal copies, e.g. textbooks, coursepacks (print copies, current semester only)
    • One article from any one journal, one periodical, or one newspaper issue, e.g. New York Times, 6/2/1953
    • A copy of only one chapter or not more than 10% from any book or other monograph (conference proceedings; miscellaneous report, unpublished paper, etc.)
    • One poem, short story, or essay from a single volume whether or not from a collected work
    • One drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, one journal, one periodical, one journal, or one newspaper issue
  4. Repeated reserve use of copies not owned by the library for the same faculty member in the same course in subsequent semesters requires the permission of the copyright owner.
  5. The first page on each reserve item will include either the notice of copyright that appears on the copy that is reproduced, or a legend stating that the work may be protected by copyright if no such notice can be found on the copy that is reproduced.
  6. At the end of each semester, materials loaned by faculty to the library for reserve will be returned to the faculty member.

Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials for Electronic Reserves.
(Based on 17 USC 107, ALA's Model Policy and CONFU Fair-Use Guidelines for Electronic Reserve Systems)

  1. There will be no charge for access to the electronic reserve service.
  2. Copyright notice will appear on screen in the online reserve system and on copies made of reserve readings to indicate that materials may be subject to copyright law.
  3. Materials on eReserve will be accessible only to students enrolled in a course and their respective instructors.
  4. Electronic files will be removed from the reserve system at the end of each semester.

Healey Library

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  • Reserves Department

    Processing Hours
    Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Items on reserve are available at the Circulation Desk during regular library hours.
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