Reserves Policies

Faculty log into the Reserves software, Ares, using their WVU log on. They will see a list of classes they are teaching for the current semester with the items on eReserves or Print Reserves listed within each class listing.


  • eReserves allow faculty to place materials such as articles, book chapters and media on the eReserves & Reserves software, Ares. Students may then access the materials by logging into Reserves and accessing classes for which they are registered.
  • Not all material may be added to eReserves. It shall be the responsibility of the eReserves staff to determine if material requested for eReserves have a copyright liability and should be added to Print Reserve instead.
  • If the needed material is owned by the Library, Reserve staff will scan it for addition to eReserves

Print Reserves

  • Print reserve allows faculty to place books, articles and media in the Reserve section of the library. Print reserves materials can include items owned by either the library or the faculty member and may include photocopies of journal articles or book chapters, homework, old tests, lecture notes, etc. At the discretion of library staff or the faculty, print reserve items may be eligible for in-building use only.
  • Material generally circulates for 2 hours at a time and may be renewed 1 time only. Items on 2 hour reserve may be charged out overnight within 2 hours of closing. The material will be due within one hour of the library opening time the following day.
  • Materials not returned on time accrue fines of $.05/minute ($3.00/hour). Because these materials are in high-demand, overdue materials will accrue fines up to $250.00.

Media eReserves

  • Items are streamed via a secure off-campus web service and can only be accessed by those register for the class.
  • Items placed on Media eReserves must have a form submitted every semester, even if the material has been on reserve previously. This is to assure the library is conforming to copyright law guidelines.

Media Reserves (In-Library Use)

  • Media items -DVD, VHS and CD - may be placed on closed reserve for the semester by faculty and teaching assistants.
  • Materials not returned on time accure fines of $.05/minute ($3.00/hour). Because these materials are in high-demand, overdue materials will accrue fines up to $250.00.