Reserves FAQ

Q: How do I add items to electronic and print reserves?

A: Starting the in the afternoon on December 17, reserve requests will be managed through a new reserves system.  To access the new system, go to your course’s Sakai page and click the Library Reserves tab on the left-hand side. This will take you directly to your course space in the new system, where you will be able to add or request materials by clicking on the icons at the top of the screen.  The new system will allow you to add, remove, and edit your reserve materials directly.  All libraries with reserves will use the new system, and it will be used for both electronic and physical reserve materials.

In this transitional period, please visit the Submit Request page for guidelines on sending a request.

Q: How is adding materials through the Library Reserves tab any different from adding them elsewhere on Sakai?

A: It is important to note that only the items made available through the Library Reserves tab are considered to be on reserve.  This means that only these materials are protected by UNC libraries’ copyright policies, with library staff analyzing and addressing copyright issues and paying permission fees.

Q: What do I need to know about E-reserves and copyright?

A: Library staff work to make sure that materials placed on electronic reserve comply with  UNC’s  copyright policy and federal law.

We are able to claim academic fair use for most materials faculty select for electronic reserve.  Otherwise, we will try to purchase permission from the publisher.

In addition, library licenses typically allow linking to e-books and electronic articles.

If we do have to ask for permission for a particular material, the material is usually still accessible to students while we negotiate with the publisher.  In most cases we are able to secure permission to add the material to the reserve system.

If you have any questions about the status of any of your materials, please contact our copyright manager at

Q: How long can I keep items on reserve?

A: We are happy to keep both print and electronic items on reserve until the next time your course is taught.  If you do not anticipate re-using the materials, we can take them down for you.  Requests to remove or change materials can also be done through the new system.

Q: I have additional questions/concerns.  Whom should I contact? 

A: You can contact UL Reserves at