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Course Reserves


The Molstead Library offers reserve services to the faculty at North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College, and the University of Idaho . Faculty members may place on reserve either personal items or library copies of select materials for students to use in specific courses offered during that semester for which the reserve materials are to be used.

See what we have on reserve here.

What may be placed on reserve?

In general, reserve materials are intended for the exclusive use of students in a particular course. Items placed on reserve must be either required or optional reading, viewing, or listening for the given course. Barring special arrangements, library-owned periodicals or reference works may not be reserved. Reserve loan periods and stipulations are determined by the faculty. Students who need items for longer than the designated lending periods must obtain written permission from the faculty.

All items placed on reserve are subject to limitations under copyright law and must comply with Copyright Guidelines. The library reserves the right to reject any items we determine are not in compliance with these guidelines. The following is a general outline for what may be placed on reserve. Please refer to the complete guidelines for a more detailed description or contact the library if you have questions.

Photocopies of copyrighted works are subject to special limitations under copyright law. Up to five simultaneous duplicates of such work may be reserved for one semester. Permission from the copyright holder is needed for additional consecutive semesters. Photocopies of articles obtained through Interlibrary Loan from other libraries may not be placed on reserve.

Books owned by the library or the instructor may be placed on reserve. With some exceptions, the library does not purchase textbooks used in classes. However, faculty may place personal or desk (student) copies of these on reserve for their students.

Last Updated: 10/17/22

Copyright Restrictions

Books which may not be placed on reserve include:

  • Items borrowed from other libraries.
  • Instructor editions or review copies of textbooks. This includes material labeled: Annotated Instructor’s Edition, Evaluation Copy, Examination Copy, Inspection Copy, Instructor’s Edition, Publisher’s Review Copy, Review Copy, or Teacher’s Manual.
  • Photocopies of more than one chapter or 10% of a work.

In general, up to three copies of audio-visual works may be placed on reserve. However, this does not include unauthorized downloads, recordings or duplicates of a work. Additional limits may apply to items placed on electronic reserves. See our Copyright Research Guide for more info.

Student Work

U.S. Copyright Law provides copyright protection for student papers and projects. Students own the copyright to their work and copying or use is prohibited without the student's permission. Written permission from the student author, which must be obtained by the faculty member, is required before placing a copy of a student's work on reserve. A Photo Release Form for each student should be retained by the faculty for as long as the work is on reserve.

Copyright Research Guide

The library maintains a copyright resource for NIC educators:

Last Updated: 3.14.23

Electronic Course Reserve Request Form

Alternately, you can contact Circulation Technician (x4018), to check the status of, or place an item on Course Reserve or email us at

Last Updated: 07.19.23