University of Wisconsin–Madison



MERIT Library accepts reserve requests at any time and processes them in the order they are received. Processing delays should be expected at the beginning of the semester. Please place your requests as early as possible so the reserves will be available for students when the semester begins.

All reserve items will be removed at the end of the semester unless instructors have notified MERIT Library that the materials will be needed in the next semester.

Physical Reserve Collection: Add Library Materials

If MERIT Library does not already own the materials, we can arrange to borrow or will purchase most items.

Physical Reserve Collection: Add Personal Copies/Course Packets

Fill out a printable MERIT Library Reserve Form and submit it to Donna Meicher in room 368 of MERIT Library along with your personal copies of the materials. Unbound course packets of readings will be placed in an expandable file and all course packets will be shelved under the department & course number as a “reader.”

MERIT Library is not responsible for damage or loss of personal copies of materials.

Electronic Reserves: Add Course Materials

With complete citation information, we can link to materials available online through library subscriptions and free materials available on the Web. You can also provide us with electronic files or photocopies of documents which we will evaluate for fair use and make available online.

A link to electronic reserves will be automatically displayed in the top toolbar of your course Learn@UW page once we have them completed.

  • Option 1: Email electronic files and/or citations for materials already available online to Donna Meicher. Please include a list of all readings with their complete citations, or include a syllabus showing the citations. Also include the name(s) of course instructor(s), if not you, and the department, course and section numbers of the course.
  • Option 2: Fill out a printable MERIT Library Reserve Form and submit it to Donna Meicher in room 368 of MERIT Library along with photocopies of readings and/or a CD or flash drive of electronic files. Include all information as described in option 1.

PLEASE NOTE: Course packets available for purchase at any local copy center cannot be scanned for electronic reserves.

Additional information about reserves & copyright at UW-Madison is available at:
UW-Madison Libraries Course Reserves & Materials