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Course Reserves

Finding course reserves

Find Your Course Reserves in ELMS, the Libraries' course reserve system.

Using course reserves in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Reserves are kept at the Performing Arts Library Circulation Desk, and are available for two-hour loans during the semester, although Circulation Staff may reduce the loan period during high-use periods. Valid UM identification (see requirements for general loans) must be presented to borrow any reserve items.

The fine for overdue course reserve materials is $2.50 per hour.

Placing materials on course reserve

The most efficient way for teaching faculty and instructors to place Course Reserves requests for books, scores and audio-visual material is through the course's ELMS site. Please note that you must turn on your Course Reserves within your course's ELMS page in order to link your course reserves materials with the library's Course Reserves database. Instructions for doing this can be found here. Once your Course Reserves tab is turned on in ELMS, you will easily be able to request items to be put on Reserve and request items that need to be rush ordered for your course. 

  • The Performing Arts Library allows instructors to place on reserve scores, personal audio and video recordings, class notes, homework solutions, sample exams, and other items. Personal copies of items for placement on reserves should be clearly marked as such. Please remember that all copyrighted materials placed on reserve must contain a notice of copyright.  
  • For further assistance, email Mary Scott or Bruce Tennant.

When submitting a request please include the following information:

  • Course Number
  • Professor name
  • Title
  • Author/Composer
  • Call number including Issue/Volume/Year

Materials that have to be purchased by the library for reserve must be ordered early. Please allow up to 60 days for acquiring the materials.

If assistance is needed in finding resources, please contact Stephen Henry or call (301) 405-9256 for music, theatre, and dance materials.

*Articles and Book Chapters

Journal articles and chapters in books will be put on reserve electronically.  See the instructions on the McKeldin Course Reserves page, especially the paragraphs on Articles and Book Chapters, which explain that these will be electronic reserves, with links either to online sources or to scanned copies of articles/chapters provided by faculty (when notice of copyright is included).

If you have any questions concerning Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library course reserves, contact Mary Scott or Bruce Tennant, or call (301) 405-9223.

Contact Us

Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
8270 Alumni Dr.
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1630 USA

Directions and Parking Information

General Information and Front Desk
(301) 405-9217

(301) 405-9256

International Piano Archives at Maryland
(301) 405-9224

Special Collections in Performing Arts
(301) 405-9220, Curator
(301) 314-7614, Workroom
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For the contact information of a particular staff member, please visit the PAL staff page.


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