Here's what you need to know before visiting the University Libraries. We also provide support online for GVSU students, faculty, and staff through our online services.

Some library systems will be offline from June 24th until June 29th for software upgrades. Physical materials can be searched at Requesting, and checking out physical materials will not be available at that time, although articles, e-books, e-journals, and streaming videos will continue to be available. Learn more about the Library Services Platform Migration.


Course Reserve

The University Libraries offers support to faculty who wish to add readings from the library's online collections.

The University Libraries is not able to offer physical Course Reserves at this time. If you need help transitioning your print materials to online materials, please get in touch with your liaison librarian.

Electronic Reserves in Blackboard

You can add electronic reserve items to your Blackboard course as links or PDFs. We recommend using links. Linking to resources ensures that you stay in copyright compliance and also allows the library to collect accurate usage statistics for our databases. Adding PDFs will not allow the library to see any usage from your reserves. (Resources with little to no use may be canceled.)

We have created a series of guides to help you find the permanent links to resources from our licensed databases. To make sure that students can access your linked resources from both on and off campus, use our Link Fixer to create links that will route them through GVSU's authentication system.

Converting print textbooks to electronic textbooks is sometimes not possible because of publisher licensing. We can help you find electronic textbook alternatives to your print reserves.


Copyright and Fair Use

Material can be added to your Blackboard Course if the purpose, nature, and the effect of the request is meets the reasonable limit of fair use. Instructors are asked to accept full responsibility in complying with the provisions of the Copyright Revision Act of 1976 that governs 'fair use' of copyrighted objects for educational purposes when placing items in Blackboard.

Need help determining if something is covered by copyright? Use the Copyright Genie.

Need help determining if your item falls within "fair use?" Use the University Libraries' Fair Use Checklist.

Course Reserve Assistance

As of Fall 2020, the University Libraries is no longer managing electronic reserves for faculty. Adding links from the library databases to your Blackboard course is the easiest and quickest way to set up electronic reserves. We have created a series of guides to help you add items to your Blackboard course, and you can get in touch with your liaison librarian to find appropriate readings for your course.

We can help you with copyright compliance questions and help finding appropriate links to our licensed material. Unfortunately due to staffing, we are no longer able to scan materials or place items in Blackboard for you.

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