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Earl S. Richardson Library: eReserves

Course Reserves Overview

Faculty members may place library materials on Reserve for use by their students. Get help with placing materials on reserve by contacting the Circulation Desk at (443) 885-3477 or

Course Reserves Faculty Guidelines

  • Faculty should make their requests on Faculty Reserve Request forms and submit them at the Circulation Desk at least five days prior to the beginning of the reserve period. Please allow two weeks processing time if the items are needed at the beginning of a semester.
  • Faculty are requested to pull the items from the shelves and present them to the Circulation desk for processing. Books that are in circulation will be recalled.
  • Periodical articles or passages from books should be submitted in photocopy form. The Library staff will make up to four additional copies, in accordance with copyright restrictions.
  • Articles that are available online, full text, through the database subscriptions will not be accepted for Reserves. Faculty are asked to check current databases before requesting that an item be placed on reserve.
  • Non-circulating materials from Reference or other specialized service areas are not placed on Reserve. They remain in the area where they are usually housed: Reference, Special Collections, Government Documents, Multimedia.
  • Please note that materials borrowed from other libraries cannot be placed on course reserves.
  • Faculty who wish to place personal copies of books or other items on Reserve may do so, but such items are accepted for reserve at the owner's risk. Understand that bar codes labels and reserve labels will be affixed to the personal items.
  • Materials will be removed from reserve status on the date specified by the instructor or at the end of the academic session. Instructors must submit new lists each academic term, in accordance with copyright regulations.


What is ARES?

ARES is a platform that allows us to automate access to course reserves, providing 24-hour access to digital reserves as well as managing access for print reserves. You can access reserves in ARES through Canvas.

How can it help my class?

ARES allows instructors to submit print or digital materials to the library, who enter the materials into the ARES system. Only students enrolled in the appropriate class will be able to access the materials using their Morgan State credentials.

Who can use ARES?

All Morgan State instructors are welcome to submit materials to ARES.

How do I get started?

Contact Renise Johnson ( / (443) 885-1723) for more information, or to submit materials.

Course Reserves Student Guidelines

  • Course reserve materials are available at the Circulation Desk and listed by professor's name or course title
  • Materials are available on a first come, first serve basis
  • Materials are available for check out for two (2) hours
  • Materials can be renewed at the Circulation Desk for an additional two (2) hours if there is not a hold
  • Course reserve materials can not be removed from the library at any time
  • Materials can not be written in or otherwise defaced. Damaged materials will be marked "lost" and incur a fine


  • Reserve items accrue $0.25 per hour fine that the material is overdue
  • Overdue fines apply after the two (2) hour borrow time
  • Fines are charged for library open hours only
  • Item will be billed as "lost" on the following day if not returned
  • Items billed as "lost" will incur an $80.00 fine
  • If "lost" item is returned, patron will be billed only the total of overdue hourly fines incurred at the time of return up to a maximum of $25.00 each item
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