Course Reserves

In conjunction with the Campus Bookstore, Pearson Library is proud to offer a Course Reserves Collection located at the Circulation Desk. All materials are available to active CLU students, unless otherwise requested by a faculty member. Holdings for STEM classes can also be borrowed through the Allies in STEM office (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.). Use our Course Reserves Catalog to view which course materials we have available.


How to find reserve items

  • Navigate to the Pearson Library webpage and click on the Course Reserves link under the Discovery Tool search bar.
  • Use your course number or professor’s last name to search the collection. You may also manually scroll through the collection.
  • If you find your course, click on the course link to find out the course material call number(s). Click on each title, as there may be more than 1 copy attached to the title. 
  • Provide the call number(s) to the Circulation Desk staff and they will retrieve the item(s) for you. 
  • If you need any assistance, please visit the Research & Information Desk.

Things to keep in mind

  • Course Reserves are only available to current students with a library account in good standing.
  • Bring the call number of the course reserve item you need to the Circulation Desk.
  • Course Reserve materials are for two-hour in library use only, and may not leave the library. Select titles are also available for three-day loans and can leave the library. Please check the catalog to see whether a title has any three-day loan copies attached.
  • Holds may be placed for three hour loan items only. Holds for these materials will be active for 12 hours. If the item has not been checked out in that time, it will become available for other students to check out.
  • Students need to return Course Reserve materials to the Circulation Desk at the end of the loan period, but may re-check out the item(s) if no other students have requested the item(s).
  • Students cannot make photocopies or other duplications (including cell phone photos) of materials on reserve. This is in keeping with the Library's interpretation of copyright law.
  • Students cannot request materials available on Course Reserve through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Overdue items will receive an overdue fee of $1 per day.
  • Course Reserves is the only location where the library will hold current course materials.
  • Continued misuse of course reserve materials will result in loss of course reserve privileges.
  • Due to copyright considerations, workbooks or other consumable works (items meant for individual one time use) will not be placed on reserve.

Pearson Library staff will work with the Campus Bookstore to ensure we have current required course materials in our collection. Making changes to your required course materials will result in delays for those materials being made available to students.

To ensure this collection can withstand the test of time and budgets, please consider donating current copies of your course materials to this collection in the form of an updated copy, or additional copies allowing multiple students access to your course materials.

Donating Materials

All current course material donations may be dropped off at the Circulation Desk with ATTN:Course Reserves. As a display of our gratitude all faculty donated course materials will receive a book plate with your name. Should the item no longer be used in your course, you will be contacted before withdrawal from the collection.

  • INSTRUCTOR COPIES: Donating an instructor copy to course reserves is allowable, and a decision of the faculty member. However, instructor copies with disclaimers such as, “This work… is provided solely for the use of instructors”, will not be accepted.

Supplemental Readings

If you wish to have additional course materials available to students please follow the steps detailed on our Placing an Item on Reserve tab. These materials will be removed from the collection at the end of each semester.

  • Personal items will be barcoded and tagged. Every attempt will be made to apply both barcodes and tags in a manner that allows for easy removal by the owner. We cannot, however, guarantee that barcodes and tag will be easily or entirely removed
  • Pearson Library is not responsible for any loss or damages to personal copies requested to be placed on reserve.

Processing Time

Please allow for 1 - 2 business days for course reserve materials to be processed and made available to students. Additional time may be needed during periods of high demand, i.e. beginning of semester.

Things to keep in mind

  • Articles and photocopies may not be placed on course reserve. If you wish to share journal articles with students, please review copyright law and post appropriate materials via Blackboard. Learn how to integrate durable links from library databases into your Blackboard using our Copyright Guide.

In order to place item(s) on reserve at Pearson Library, faculty members should:

  1. Complete a Booklist Template form MS Doc | Google Doc
  2. Complete the  Course Reserve Request Form and attach your Booklist form

Use these forms to place books and audio/video materials on reserve at Pearson Library's Circulation Desk. Items that are not in the library's collection will need to be brought to the Circulation Desk or sent via campus mail to:

Attn: Circ. Desk Reserves
Mail Code 5100
60 W. Olsen Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

For Course Reserves purchase requests, please contact your subject librarian

For all other questions, please email 


Guidelines for electronic reserves are based on the Fair Use provisions of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, Section 107, and on the draft Electronic Reserves Guidelines that were developed during the Conference on Fair Use (CONFU) 1994 - 1998.

Generally speaking, the following guidelines should be followed when making multiple copies or distributing digital copies of copyrighted material under “fair use:”

  • Distribution is limited to nine spontaneous instances per course per semester. Spontaneous means the material was encountered one to two days before it is used so obtaining permission would be difficult and interrupt the spontaneous nature of teaching.
  • The complete citation and notice of copyright for the material (whether hard copy or digital copy) must included on/in the document.
  • An article, book, or other copyrighted work may only be used one time in one course before requesting permission to use it again in another course.
  • No more than three journal articles or essays may be used from one issue/volume.
  • No more than one chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture per book or per periodical issue
  • No more than 10% of a book may be copied and distributed in print or digitally or an essay, article, or story within a book of 2,500 words or less.
  • Not more than one short poem, article, story, essay or two excerpts may be copied from the same author.
  • A poem less than 250 words may be duplicated or shared in digital format.
  • For longer poems, only 250 words may be duplicated in print or distributed in digital format.

Learn more about copyright at Cal Lutheran. 

For additional information on U.S. Copyright Law, see the U.S. Copyright Office website.