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Course Support

Faculty may place links to library database content into Moodle/Brightspace courses. Using these links ensures compliance with copyright law and database licenses and provides the library with journal use statistics for renewal decisions.

Course reserve materials are supplemental physical books or DVDs that may be placed on hold at the library for student access. These materials may be personal copies or library copies. These materials are kept behind the circulation desk and may be borrowed by students for designated time periods. 

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Students may request course reserve items at the help desk.

Faculty may place books or media on reserve. Materials must be submitted at least one week in advance of need. Questions about reserves can be directed to Access Services at or 410-617-6801.

The library does not offer physical reserves for articles, chapters or other materials, nor does it host e-reserves. See Digitization Assistance if you would like to request articles or chapters for use in Moodle or Brightspace. 

The Library can assist faculty with digitizing articles, book chapters, or other materials to meet accessibility standards for use in Moodle or Brightspace. Submit a request for digitization.

Instructions for faculty:

  • Identify articles or book chapters needed.
  • Ensure your request adheres to copyright law.
    • Copyright law does not usually allow entire books (only selected chapters) or multiple journal articles from a single issue to be digitized unless permission has been cleared with the publisher. The Library will not digitize entire course packs.
    • The item must be owned or licensed by the Loyola Notre Dame Library or must be a legally owned personal copy of the instructor, department, or university.
    • Interlibrary Loan materials are for personal research only and may not be used as course materials. To use an item not currently owned by the Library or yourself, fill out the purchase request form or contact your library liaison to request that the Library order the material.
    • For items not accessible via online databases but under copyright, you are responsible for evaluating, on a case-by-case basis, whether the reserve request qualifies as a fair use. Use the fair use checklist to help make a fair use determination. Contact the Copyright Information Center, Danielle Whren Johnson at, or 410-617-6872 for help with fair use.
  • Only request the amount of the material needed to accomplish your specific educational purpose.
  • Typically, use should be limited to no more than 10 percent of a book with no chapters or fewer than 10 chapters, or for a book of 10 or more chapters, one chapter or one article per journal issue.
  • Use may exceed the above standards with a well-reasoned fair use argument.
  • If none of the above options apply, the library will obtain permission to use the item as long as the royalties do not exceed $250 per course per semester. Any copyright permissions obtained will be for the current semester only. Additional uses of the material beyond the current semester will require additional permission fees to be paid. Contact the Copyright Information Center at or 410-617-6872 for assistance.
  • For items not owned by the library, send materials along with your name, course and the date needed by to the Loyola Notre Dame Library Access Services Department at 410-617-6801. Photocopies need to be clean with no writing or errant marks on them.
  • Once materials have been processed they will be sent to faculty.

For assistance with setting up a Moodle/Brightspace course

Questions can be directed to Access Services at or call (410) 617-6819.

Faculty may schedule the Media Screening Room or the Auditorium for viewing media with classes.

Note: The Library must ensure that all media screenings taking place in the Library are in compliance with copyright law. Such screenings will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Faculty may link to streaming media content available in the library’s steaming media databases. To request content not currently available in a streaming format, contact the Copyright Information Center at,, or 410-617-6872 for assistance.