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Rita Benton Music Library

Course Reserves for Instructors

Step 1: Fill out the Reserves Form

Course Reserves Form >

Need help learning how to fill out the form?

Please contact Katie Buehner with any additional questions on using the Course Reserves Form.

Step 2: Submit the Form

Please submit all course reserves to Christine Burke at

Step 3: Add the Music Library Reserves to the course ICON page

How to add Library Reserves staff to your ICON course >


Instructors are responsible for determining whether their use of copyrighted materials falls under Fair Use. Submission of reserve requests indicates instructors’ acceptance of responsibility for copyright compliance.

Reserve lists are due 3 weeks prior to the first day of classes.  Lists must be e-mailed to , using the Course Reserves Form.

Lists are processed in the order they are received. They may take up to three weeks to process. If, as the semester progresses, you add an item, remember that it may take several days to process.

Please do not assign Reserve items until your list has been processed.  Contact the RBML staff regarding the status of your reserve list.

Please place only required materials on your reserve list.  Recommended readings will not be placed on Reserve. Please provide full citations for all articles and book chapters.

Most journal articles, book chapters, lecture notes and non-copyrighted material will be placed on your ICON course pages.

How to add Library Reserves staff to your ICON course >

Lists without full citations and/or author, title, call number for books, scores, media materials will be set aside to be processed last, as they require more time to process. If we have to contact you to obtain the citation, this will substantially slow down the processing time.If we do not own a requested title, we will rush order it but it may be several weeks before it is available.

Please include a copy of the syllabus or reading list for the Reserve book. This syllabus helps your students find the correct readings.

Library Materials

  • Books
    Please list the UI call number, title, author, and loan period (2 hour, 4 hour, 3 days, 1 week, or ICON for digital materials).
  • Sound Recordings
    Please list the UI call number or online source (e.g., Naxos Music Library, DRAM, YouTube, Alexander Street, etc.), title of selection, composer’s name, and and loan period (2 hour, 4 hour, 3 days, 1 week, or ICON for digital materials).
    Remember to check Music Online, Naxos Music Library, Naxos JazzDRAM and Smithsonian Global Sound for recordings.  It is possible to link directly to these items on your ICON page.
  • Online Articles and E-book Chapters
    Please list the Journal Title, the title of the article, author, select ICON under “Length of Loan” and enter the permanent/durable URL for the article.
  • Print only Articles and Book Chapters
    Please list the Journal Title or Call Number for the book, the title of the article or title of the article followed by the title of the book, author, select ICON under “Length of Loan”, and enter “print only” under “Link”.
  • Personal Copies of Books, Photocopies, Scores and Recordings
    Enter “Personal Copy” into the Call Number field. Please list the author’s name and the title. If you provide personal copies of books or photocopies for Reserve, we will make them non-circulating (2 hour in-library loan period) unless you indicate otherwise. Even so, please be aware that these items are often heavily used and may be stolen. We cannot replace or repair personal materials.
    NOTE:  The Music Library will not stream personal copies of sound recordings but will purchase a library copy.  Remember to plan ahead if we need to purchase CDs for your reserve.

Request Course Reserves Purchases

To request that an item be purchased for your course reserves, please email Katie Buehner ( with information about the item (title, author, etc.), the name of the course, course number, and the semester it is being offered.


For journal articles and book chapters, please search to see if the Library holds an electronic copy. Provide the permanent/durable URL for the electronic copy for it to be added to your reserves list.

Due to copyright regulations, we can have only one book chapter per book on your ICON course at any time. If you will be assigning more than one chapter from a given book, include the book as a whole on the form and we will place it on reserve.

Journal articles, book chapters, lecture notes, and non-copyrighted materials will not be available for checkout in paper form but will be made available on your ICON course page.