UGA Libraries Encourage Electronic Course Reserves Due to COVID-19

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UGA Libraries will continue to provide course reserve services for faculty planning their courses for the fall semester, with some changes due to the COVID-19 situation. Requests submitted by July 17 are guaranteed to be completed and accessible by the first day of fall semester classes.

This academic year, the Libraries encourage instructors to utilize electronic course reserve resources, which can integrate with eLC and limit students’ need to access physical materials and spaces. Electronic course reserves also allow students to access materials after the Thanksgiving break and position faculty for a potential pivot back to online instruction at any point in the semester.

To facilitate this emphasis on electronic materials, faculty members can request electronic versions of books and materials, including the scanning of journal articles or book chapters, or consult with research and instruction librarians in their subject area ( to consider alternative materials. For questions about the fair use of materials, see the Copyright and Fair Use Statement; or contact Mariann Samuel at

For faculty members who wish to reserve physical course materials to be held within a library location, options include a 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day loan period. A previous option to allow 2-hour loans has been eliminated for 2020-2021 to ensure the safety of patrons and staff. Physical course reserve materials will be quarantined for 72 hours after each use.

Physical course reserves may be circulated from any of the following locations: Main Library; Science Library; Curriculum Materials Library- Aderhold Hall; Veterinary Medicine Reading Room-CVM Original Building; Music Library- Hugh Hodgson School of Music; the Dodd Library- Lamar Dodd School of Art; Owens Library- College of Environment and Design; Carnegie Library Learning Center- Health Sciences Campus.    

To request electronic or physical course reserve materials, complete the online form at

For streaming or physical media reserves, please contact the Media Desk at

For any questions about course reserves, contact Ben Lawrence at (Main Library) or Brenda Robbins at (Science Library).