Course Reserves

You want to provide your students with course-related material?

You can do so by placing items on reserve at your respective library or by creating a copyright compliant, digital course reserve on the learning platform ILIAS.

Physical course reserves

Course reserve items are excluded from circulation and remain on reserve for the entire semester. The Primo catalog indicates whether an item is on course reserve. Course reserves may include items from the entire library collection. Items from other libraries or privately owned items may be included, as well. However, this will be at your own risk. The University Library is not liable for any loss or damage.

  • Course reserve request and renewal

    Please submit your course reserve requests early. Ideally, you submit your request to the respective library four weeks before the semester begins. Send us the completed form along with a list of your requested items, including their call numbers.

    Course reserves remain available until the end of the semester, 31 January and 31 July, respectively. Please submit any renewal requests to your respective library.

    Course reserve request

Digital course reserve

If you would like to make copyright protected material available to the participants of your course via the learning platform ILIAS, section 60a of the Act on Copyright and Related Rights (Urheberrechtsgesetz (UrhG)) provides the legal framework. Here is a short overview:

For illustration in teaching and research, you may make available for non-commercial purposes and in electronic form:

  • up to 15 percent of a published work
  • illustrations, individual articles from the same professional or academic journal, other small-scale works and out-of-print works in full text

Articles from newspapers or popular magazines may not be made available in full text. “Small-scale works” means printed works up to 25 pages and videos and music up to 5 minutes.

The materials may only be made available

  • to teachers and participants of the relevant course – e. g. password-protected on ILIAS
  • to teachers and examiners at the same educational institution and
  • to third persons insofar as this serves to present classes, results of classes or learning outcomes at the educational institution.

Read more

Section 60a UrhG Teaching in educational establishments

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)) (August 2020): Urheberrecht in der Wissenschaft – Ein Überblick für Forschung, Lehre und Bibliotheken (Handout, PDF, 1,7 MB, in German)

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)): Urheberrecht in der Wissenschaft – Lehre  (in German)

Kreutzer, Till/Hirche, Tom (October 2017): Rechtsfragen zur Digitalisierung in der Lehre: Praxisleitfaden zum Recht bei E-Learning, OER und Open Content (in German) (PDF, 865 KB)

Linking to digital resources

If the e-books or articles in e-journals are already in the University Library’s collection, you can easily link to these resources in your digital course reserve.

Alternative options for press articles

Copyright-protected articles from newspapers or popular magazines must not be made available in full text. However, you and your students may access press articles via our licensed newspaper portals, press archives and online editions of newspapers. Many newspapers and databases support permalinks so that you can link to licensed resources.

  • Newspaper portals

    ABI/INFORM Collection

    Includes: The Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal


    Includes: The New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian

    You may include individual articles from the Factiva database in digital course reserves. The original source of the article must be referenced. In addition, you must indicate Factiva as source. The article must be deleted when no longer needed for the intended purpose.


    Includes: The New York Times, The Guardian


    Includes: Handelsblatt, WirtschaftsWoche, DIE ZEIT

  • Press archives


    The F.A.Z. allows you to use articles from the F.A.Z.-Bibliotheksportal for the purpose of illustrating for teaching, especially in digital course reserves. The F.A.Z.-Bibliotheksportal can be accessed via our campus license. In all other respects, the use is governed by the conditions of section 60a, para. 1 UrhG.

    Members of the university can access the F.A.Z.-Bibliotheksportal on campus. Remote access via VPN is not possible

    Süddeutsche Zeitung Archiv

  • Online editions of newspapers

    You will find all licensed online editions of newspapers in the Primo catalog. Use the Advanced Search option and restrict your search by choosing “journals“ as Material Type.

Other options

What are other options to provide students with materials?

  • Use works under open licenses

    Works under open licenses, for example Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY), can be used in accordance with the license terms and regardless of section 60a UrhG.

    Information on Open Educational Resources (OER) can be found on the website OERinfo. Open Educational Resources can be obtained from the platform OER Commons.

  • Submit acquisition requests

    Are you missing an important item in the library’s collection or do you need more items of a specific item? Please submit your acquisition request to the University Library by filling in the relevant form. Please state how many items are needed and if an electronic access is preferred.

    The University Library will do its best to acquire the item you need in print or to purchase electronic access, provided we receive suitable offers at reasonable prices.

    Acquisition request

  • Share reading lists

    In ILIAS, you can include reading lists with reference to print literature available at the University Library so that students are able to find it.