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Course Reserves Guide

A guide about course reserves

Borrowing Guidelines

The following borrowing guidelines apply to the use of course reserves:

  • Course reserves are to only be used in the library with the exception of reserves with a one week loan period.
  • Students who check out material on reserve for a particular course must present a valid Merrimack College identification card.
  • Up to five reserve items may be borrowed for two hours at a time, with a maximum renewal period of an additional two hours.
  • Course reserves that are in high demand will not be renewed, thus allowing other students the opportunity to utilize the material.
  • Students may watch DVD reserves on library computers, personal laptops, or on a television set up in one of the library's seminar rooms.  The library provides headphones for borrowing. 


Course reserve items are subject to an accelerated fine schedule.

Once an item becomes 24 hours overdue, a bill notice will be issued to the patron.  If the item remains overdue seven days after the due date, a non-refunable fine of no less than $50.00 will be reported to the bursar.

In addition, the course instructor may be notified that a reserve item has been kept longer than the intended loan period.  However, in keeping with the library's confidentiality policy, the name of the patron with the overdue item will never be disclosed.