Course Reserves

Place Items on Reserve

Required and Recommended Books Reserve

DKU Library will place two print copies of required books and one print copy of recommended books for each course on Course Reserve, located on the 1st floor of the Library, Room 1008. 

  • The reserved materials are available for a 3 hours loan to faculty and students.
  • Reserved materials checked out after 8:00pm can be returned by 9:00am the next morning.
  • No reserved materials may be requested or renewed. The same book can be checked out by the same patron again after 1 hour.
  • Fine: 1 RMB/hour.


For recommended books not listed in your approved syllabus, please contact DKU Library.

DVD Reserve

Faculty can request to place physical DVDs on Course Reserve for 3-hour loan. 

eReserve (digital copies of articles, book chapters and films)

Faculty can request for digital copies of articles, book chapters or films to be added to eReserve, which is made available to students via the specific course site in Sakai or Canva.

  • Following the DKU Library eReserve Copyright Guidance, for eReserve of book chapters, DKU Library may only scan limited portions of materials that are under copyright.  
  • For streaming videos, please submit your request at least 3 weeks before your assigning view dates. Please note all requests must be sent to DKU Library first. Requests submitted on streaming video platforms such as Kanopy will not be accepted and processed.

Please note: If the item is not available at DKU Library or Duke University Libraries, or if we receive a large volume of requests, your request may take longer to process.

To make eReserves, DVD reserves and streaming video reserves, please submit to:

DKU Library eReserve Copyright Guidance

The Copyright Law of the Peoples’ Republic of China (2010 revised version) mainly governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that “a small amount of photocopying or reproduction” is permitted to be “used for teaching and learning or research”, not to be “used for publishing or profit.” 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 the order would involve violation of copyright law. 

What is a “fair use” of copyrighted materials?

In general, in determining fair use there are four factors:

  • Purpose: the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit education purposes
  • Nature: the nature of the copyrighted work
  • Amount: the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  • Effect: the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted wor

How do I avoid violating the Copyright Act?

  • Authorized users may view, download and print copies from Sakai or Course Reserves. Note that documents are formatted in Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) files. If you access documents from your personal computer, you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader program to view and print the documents.
  • You are allowed to make one copy of each document for uses such as education, personal reading, private study, research and scholarship. Note that you have until the conclusion of the course to view and print documents. Staff remove all materials from Course Reserve at the end of the academic semester.
  • Read the copyright warning, which appears on the first page of each Course Reserve document: “NOTICE: This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code). Title 17 U.S. Code governs the making of photocopies of copyrighted materials. The person using this system is liable for any infringement.”