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Fall 2021 Course Reserves Details

We look forward to assisting Washington University faculty with both physical and electronic course reserves in fall 2021. Visit our Course Reserves page for additional details about these services.

Key information for fall 2021:

  • Requests submitted by August 15, 2021 for the fall 2021 semester will be given first priority. Requests submitted after August 15th will be processed in the order they are received.
  • Reserves staff will scan print materials only to the extent that we remain within fair use as best as we are able to determine. We will not scan large portions or entire books that are within copyright.
  • Physical materials, including DVDs of films that we cannot stream from commercial vendors, can be placed on reserve at Olin Library with a 2 hour, 3 hour, 1 day, 2 day, or 5 day check out period.
  • Submitting via Ares and providing a Need By date will help us prioritize your request.

Cross-Listed Courses Change

Due to data changes necessitated by the University’s migration to Workday, cross-listed courses and sections are no longer merged in Ares. Please be aware of this change if your course is cross-listed or you are teaching multiple sections of the same course. Reserves staff can work with you to ensure all students enrolled in your course have access to your materials. 

Fair Use Guidelines

Instructors are responsible for operating within fair use guidelines when placing material on reserve, especially electronic readings such as book chapters and journal articles. For copyright information, please refer to the University’s Faculty Guidance for Copyrights.

Distributed Libraries

Library locations beyond Olin Library, including the Brown School and Law School libraries, also provide course reserves services at their locations. Contact those libraries directly for assistance.

Contact Us for Help

The reserves staff at John M. Olin Library can be reached via email at, or via phone (314) 935-5451, for assistance.