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University Libraries - Music Faculty Reserve Request Guidelines

The Music Library at the University of South Carolina maintains reserve collections of class-related materials to support the School of Music's academic programs. Reserves may consist of audio/visual materials, scores, books, and personal copies from the Music Library's collections. In addition to traditional course reserves housed behind the circulation desk, the Music Library also provides 24-hour access to Naxos Music Library and DRAM. The library's reserve deadlines and policies apply to both traditional and digital reserves.

Submitting Requests

Instructors may place reserve requests by completing the Music Library's Online Reserve Request Form. Requests may also be made via e-mail to Joe Henderson for reserves. The advantage to using the online form is that Music Library staff will pull the materials for you.

You may also pull and deliver materials to be placed on reserve to Joe Henderson, but materials dropped off in the library MUST be accompanied by complete class information and instructions clearly indicating track numbers and specific titles for sound recordings, especially for compilations.


In order to ensure availability of material for the first day of classes, please submit completed reserve requests to library staff by the following dates:

  • Fall: August 11
  • Spring semester: January 3
  • Summer sessions: May 30

All reserve lists are processed in the order received. Requests submitted after a deadline can be expected to take at least two weeks to process. Traditional class reserve lists, arranged by instructor's name and by course number, are available at the circulation desk. Before making assignments, please check your reserve list to confirm that your request has been processed. All students need a valid University of South Carolina ID to check out reserve materials.

What to Place on Reserve

Books and Scores: Because reserve materials are shelved by call number, call numbers must be included on the form. Reference books, which are non-circulating, will not be placed on reserve. To eliminate confusion, please indicate exactly how you want the title listed on your reserve list. Personal copies should be submitted following these same procedures.

Photocopies (Journal Articles): Photocopies of journal articles must be provided by the instructor. Copying should not exceed the limits of fair use (see "Copyright Guidelines". Compliance with the Copyright Law is the responsibility of the instructor.

Audiovisual Materials: Include call numbers on the form. As with books and scores, clearly indicate how the title(s) should be indexed on the reserve list. Recordings prepared by the instructor may also be placed on reserve. Should the dubbing services of the Music Library be needed, please see our Dubbing Guidelines for Reserve Tape/CD preparation.