Course Reserves

Course Reserves is the umbrella term for three serives that provide students with access to materials that are shared.

  • Lute Lending Library (includes textbooks)
  • Sakai (PLU’s course management system)
  • Course Reserves or e-Reserves (can include textbooks)

For assistance with course reserves, please call 253-535-7175 or email

Lute Lending Library & Textbooks

The Lute Lending Library provides students with easy access to required textbooks and material that might otherwise be difficult to purchase or are unavailable (e.g., films on DVD). These items:

  • have been donated to the library by students, faculty, or special university funds
  • may be borrowed for 2-24 hours to provide widespread access to all students


PLU’s course management system, Sakai, is the preferred method for delivering electronic course reserves. If you provide library staff access to your Sakai site, they can post e-Reserves for you.

  • Linking to online articles, book chapters, e-books, etc.
    In order to provide students with permanent linksĀ to articles in library databases that will work from both on and off campus, you need to create a special link using the library’s link converter tool. By utilizing this tool, rather than uploading a PDF file to Sakai, you are helping the library collect more accurate usage data.

Course Reserves or e-Reserves

The library provides access to print, electronic and DVD films via reserves for coursework. These materials:

  • can be faculty’s personal or library print books, personal or library DVDs, scanned articles or book chapters (sorry, no entire books scanned), links to articles and book chapters in library databases, peint scores, etc.
  • may be borrowed for 2 hours to 3 days
  1. Here is the form for putting items on reserve.
  2. Here is the form if you need items scanned and then put on reserve.

The library can scan materials that would normally be reserve materials for use in coursework.

What we can scan:

Library materials such as books — Tell us what chapters or pages you want scanned (we can’t scan whole books).
Personal books — Tell us what chapters or pages you want scanned (we can’t scan whole books). Deliver your personal books to the library via campus mail or drop them off at the front desk.

Copyright and Fair Use

Faculty are responsible for securing necessary copyright clearances with regard to curricular materials (course reserves, classroom readings, etc). The reserves process requires your signature on a copyright compliance form.

Below, you will find some resources to help guide you through the process of understand what your rights as an educator are with regard to fair use and copyright law: