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Reserves Guidelines

Material Eligible for Course Reserves

  • Instructors may place items (USF Tampa Library materials or their own personal materials) on reserve status for the students in their courses.
  • Unless copyright to the item is owned by the instructor, personal reserve items must be original commercial copies owned by the instructor. The USF Tampa Library cannot accept items which are borrowed, rented, home-copied, or recorded from television.
  • The USF Tampa Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a reserve request if, in the judgment of its staff, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of copyright law.
  • Streaming or online media may be available via SWANK digital campus. Please see the SWANK digital campus guide for instructions on how to request »
  • Rush purchase requests will be considered for books the Library does not own, with the exception of textbooks not included in the Textbook Affordability Project »

Ineligible Material

  • Library acquisition of textbooks is limited to the abilities of the Textbook Affordability Project »
  • Material on loan from another library or obtained through ILL and UBorrow.
  • Material from the Library‚Äôs Special Collections, Reference and bound periodicals collections.
  • Material rented from a commercial establishment.

Retention Policy

  • Items are removed from reserve at the end of the semester.
  • Instructors that need items for a new course/term must make a new request for the material via the new course in Canvas.
  • Due to limited space, personal items placed on reserve should be picked up promptly. Although precautionary measures are taken to secure all items, the USF Tampa Library cannot assume responsibility for the loss of personal items.


The guidelines for all reserves, including electronic reserves, are based on the provisions of fair use as stated in the United States Copyright Act of 1976 and the University of South Florida Use of Copyrighted Materials Policy »

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