1. How do I log-in to Reserves Direct (RD)?

  • Use your Bard e-mail username and password.

2. What should I do about all my readings on Reserve Web and how can I get them transferred to Reserves Direct?

  • All of the readings from Reserve Web have been transferred to Reserves Direct. 
  • For this coming semester please email reserves@bard.edu and indicate which courses you are teaching and what needs to be reactivated from Reserve Web. 
  • We are working hard to organize all the readings from old courses.This will take some time, so if there is something that needs immediate attention for this semester please email reserves@bard.edu or call ext.7312.

3. How is Reserves Direct different?

  • Enables you to see the courses you are teaching on your RD home page (no more searching).
  • Allows you to upload your own readings to your courses.
  • Lets you see student enrollment.
  • Allows you to see the number of times a reading has been opened.
  • Enables you to organize your readings in the same order as your syllabus.

4. How do I submit materials for Reserves Direct? There are two ways:

  • The help menu (search “uploading”) will walk you through the easy process of creating and uploading your own readings on Reserves Direct.
  • Or fill out an Request Form [see the password to submit the form here] and email a PDF to reserves@bard.edu. You may also mail or drop off a hard copy in the Reserve Office (Room 303 in the Stevenson Library).
  • Remember, the printer/copiers in the library also scan, so you can save paper by scanning the reading, emailing it directly to yourself to upload or by emailing it to reserves@bard.edu with the proper bibliographic and course information so it can be uploaded.

5. What is the password to submit the Reserves Direct Request Form?

6. What types of materials can be placed on Reserves Direct?

  • You may upload many file types to ReservesDirect. The most common file types currently in use are Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Word (.doc), Excel (.xls), PowerPoint (.ppt), JPEG and MP3.

7. Is there a file size limit?

  • Yes, when uploading PDFs, we recommend keeping file size to about 2 megabytes (2 MB) -- or about 25 clear, clean sheets -- to optimize downloading and printing times.
  • ReservesDirect will accept files up to 10 megabytes (10 MB) in size. Any file larger than 10mb will be refused by the server.

8. What copyright policy does Stevenson Library have? What does Fair Use mean?

  • Stevenson Library Reserves Copyright Policy supports and advances the Constitutional principle that the fundamental purpose of copyright is to promote the progress of science and the useful arts through the broad dissemination of information in a manner consistent with current copyright law. Stevenson Library’s course reserves system serves to provide valuable readings and other materials that support the instructional requirements of specific courses. Essential to effective fulfillment of the Library’s foundational role in the college setting is the confident and lawful exercise of legitimate use rights as set forth in the fair use provision. For institutions of higher education, the cardinal portion of the Copyright Act is Section 107 of the Copyright Act, the fair use provision.
  • Section 107 Fair Use: Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship and research. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is fair use, the factors to be considered shall include:
    • The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
    • The nature of the copyrighted work;
    • The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
    • The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
  • The distinction between fair use and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission.
  • Electronic Reserves is an extension of traditional library services and will be provided in a manner that respects fair use rights, the rights of copyright holders, and current copyright law. The electronic copying and scanning of copyright protected works for library reserve service and distance learning are unsettled areas of the law, which may be addressed by courts and/or legislation. Stevenson Library will continually monitor legal developments that may affect the fair use analysis of Electronic Reserves services to ensure that library services are in compliance with the letter and spirit of the U.S. copyright law.
  • General Rules for Fair Use:
    • Single Chapters.
    • Single articles from a journal issue.
    • Several charts, graphs or illustrations.
    • Other similarly small parts of a work.
  • Also include:
    • Any copyright notice on the original.
    • Appropriate citations and attributions to the source.
  • More information: From ARL (Association of Research Libraries) -Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

9. How do I create, upload and organize readings?

  • Please refer to the help menu in Reserves Direct on the top right hand corner after you have logged-in for clear, step-by-step instructions.   

10. How do I search Reserves Direct for a reading?

  • Click on “ADD a Reserve”.
  • Choose the course you would like to add a reserve to.
  • Click “Search for an item”.
  • From there you may search the archives by Author or Title or Instructor.  If you choose to search by instructor you will see all the readings that instructor has on Reserves Direct.
  • You can always refer to the HELP menu in Reserves Direct .


If you have any other questions, please email (reserves@bard.edu) or call ext 7312.