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Based on current research, physical library materials will be disinfected and/or quarantined to minimize the spread of coronavirus from shared materials. Because course reserves are designed to make items available to many students in a short span of time, the course reserve policies for Spring 2021 are modified:

  • DVDs can be directly disinfected without damage, so they can be placed on course reserve in Rice Library. Students will need to make a private study space reservation in the library to watch the DVD. Instructors can place DVD Reserve Requests online.
  • Print books will not be placed on reserve. The need to quarantine items for three days between use undermines the quick access need of course reserves.


Instructors who would normally make use of reserves for print course materials are encouraged to work with their Rice Library Liaison to identify digital options to facilitate student access to course materials, including library digital material and open textbooks. Instructors will then need to post those items to their Blackboard course.

 If a full digital alternative is not available, the Library will assist with scanning reasonable and limited portions of items in accordance with copyright restrictions and exemptions. For more information on fair use and copyright, please visit the Copyright Decision Tree. Library staff will also work with Instructors who previously have had e-items posted to a library course reserve page in reviewing and moving those items to their Blackboard course.

Complete this form to request a scan of print material for your course. If you require scans from more than one book, please submit a separate form for each book to ensure we scan the correct sections. If you have a copy of the item you need scanned, please note this in the location "other" field. You may drop in to the Rice Library during open hours without an appointment to leave the items with us, but please note the items are for reserve scanning at the Check-In Desk.

Once the scan is complete, Rice Library will email you a PDF of your request. Instructors may then post it to an appropriate, limited access site, such as Blackboard or OneDrive.