Copyright and Fair Use

  • Instructors are responsible for determining if their use of copyrighted material falls within Fair Use or if they need to obtain permission to use the material. Visit the Libraries’ Copyright Guide for information on how to make this determination.
  • By submitting a reserve request, the instructor accepts responsibility for copyright compliance. The Libraries may refuse materials for reserve, or remove materials already on reserve, for legal or administrative concerns.

Loan periods

Items circulate for either 2 hours, 4 hours, 1 day, or 3 days. Materials with an hourly loan that would be due after closing are due when the Libraries next opens. Please check the Libraries hours. Materials should be returned to the Service Desk.


Reserve loans are not renewable. Two- or four-hour items must be on the shelf for 30 minutes before they can be checked out again by the same borrower. Three-day items must be on the shelf for one hour before they can be checked out again by the same borrower.

Maximum checkouts

Users may check out a maximum of three hourly items and two 3- or 1-day items at one time.

Processing physical materials

  • Lists are processed in the order they are received.
  • The first 25 items may take up to 10 working days to process. Additional items may take longer.
  • Materials (electronic and physical) not owned by the Libraries may take 4-6 weeks to acquire or longer.
  • Items added to a reserve list after the beginning of the semester will generally be processed in three to five working days.
  • Maximum reserve request of 40 physical items per course. Contact the appropriate library’s reserve staff for more information.

Please check the Circulation Policies page for information on fines

Please note that personal books, videos, or photocopied materials are often damaged by heavy use, are sometimes stolen, and patrons may fail to return them. The Libraries cannot replace missing items or repair damaged personal materials.

For more information, see Course Reserves

*Reserve loan and renewal periods, request process, and guidelines may differ; please inquire at each library or library unit.


Approved by University of Iowa Libraries’
Access Services Policy Committee September 2009