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UGA Law Library Encourages Electronic Course Reserves Due to COVID-19

The Law Library will continue to provide course reserve services for faculty planning their courses for the fall semester, with some changes due to the COVID-19 situation. Requests submitted by August 1, 2020 are guaranteed to be completed and accessible by the first day of fall semester classes.

This academic year, the Law Library encourages instructors to utilize electronic course reserve resources, which can integrate with eLC and limit students’ need to access physical materials and spaces. Electronic course reserves also allow students to access materials after the Thanksgiving break and position faculty for a potential pivot back to online instruction at any point in the semester.

To facilitate this emphasis on electronic materials, faculty members can request electronic versions of books and materials, including the scanning of journal articles or book sections, or consult with a reference librarian (lawref@uga.edu) to consider alternative materials. For questions about the fair use of materials, see the Copyright and Fair Use Statement; or contact Stephen Wolfson at stephen.wolfson@uga.edu.

Faculty members may request that law library materials be held on course reserve with a 1-day loan period. A previous option to allow 2-hour loans has been eliminated for 2020-2021 to ensure the safety of patrons and staff. Physical course reserve materials will be quarantined for 72 hours after each use.

To request electronic or physical course reserve materials, complete the online form at https://portal.law.uga.edu/electronic-course-reserves.

For any questions about course reserves, contact Heather Simmons, heather.simmons@uga.edu.