Miami Dade College

Learning Resources

Placing Materials on Reserve

Faculty members may place course materials on reserve for students. Reserve materials may be designated for in-library use only, or may circulate according to the instructor's specifications. Please note that the textbooks used in MDC courses are not purchased for the library collection.

To place materials on reserve, please contact:

EEC Theo Karantsalis 305-237-1922
Hialeah Lucy Ruiz 305-237-8728
Homestead Teri Forrest 305-237-5153
InterAmerican Nancy Calvo 305-237-6285
Kendall Kristal Lewis 305-237-2224 (or use the Kendall reserve request form)
Medical Kent Gardiner 305-237-4196 (or use the Medical reserve request form)
North Oxile Accius 305-237-1583
MDC-West Walquiris Reyes 305-237-8505
Wolfson Lesly Valcin 305-237-3447 (or use the Wolfson reserve request form)


Resources placed on reserve are materials that professors have identified for use in class. All materials on reserve at the Library cannot be taken out of Library.

Faculty Information

All faculty-supplied photocopies must include a complete citation for the work from which the copy was made, including a photocopy of the source's title page and copyright page. Photocopied materials will be stamped with the required warning notice of copyright. Faculty who place their personal copies of books or other materials on reserve do so at their own risk. Personal copies should be identified as such. Library bar codes and reserve labels will be attached to all personal copies.


Special arrangements must be made with the Library staff to place multiple copies of photocopied materials on reserve.
Fair use? Public domain? Protected works? Know the difference and don't be on the wrong side of the law. Learn about Copyright Policies

Withdrawal of Materials

Library books are automatically taken off of reserve at the end of the term, and must be requested again for further reserve use. Personal copies must be picked up from the Library. If you have any questions about placing materials on reserve, please contact your library’s main number.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are teaching a class of more than a couple of students, and you'd like the students to be able to share a copy of a text or other class material, then reserve is the place for you. Very popular for "recommended-but-not-required" course readings.

  • A library copy of a book.
  • Your own personal copy of a book. (Please write your full name inside of the book in order to insure its prompt return.)
  • A photocopy of an article from a journal. A full source citation must be presented, including copies of the title page and the copyright page.
  • A photocopy of a single chapter from a book. Before you put a photocopy of a book chapter on reserve, consider putting the book itself on reserve; in any event, the reserve Room will not put photocopies of a library book on reserve if we can access the book instead.

One copy of a title can easily serve well over fifty students in normal circumstances. Provisions can be made if there is reason to believe that one copy will not serve the class.

You may put up to 20 items on reserve.

The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the Law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproductions. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of that order would involve violation of the law.

"Fair use" for teaching purposes means that, from each single source, only one copy of one chapter or article may be made. These can be used for only the length of one academic semester. Other uses require permission.