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Course Reserves Guide

A guide about course reserves

Placing an Item on Reserve

In order to place a book, ebook, DVD, or periodical on reserve, a faculty member must contact the Access Services department.

Faculty may supply the library with a list of book or DVD titles and call numbers, or submit the items themselves.  The library can place items it owns and items instructors own on reserve.

Access Services staff will retrieve items from the library collection if a list is provided. If the requested material is unavailable, the instructor will be notified as soon as possible.

Under no circumstances will faculty members be allowed to place interlibrary loaned material on reserve. Furthermore, reference material will only be placed on reserve after consulting and receiving permission from an Instruction/Liaison Librarian.  Lastly, instructor copies of textbooks cannot be placed on reserve due to publisher restrictions.

Reserve Processing

Processing of reserve materials will take two business days, with a maximum of three business days during peak periods (e.g., start of each semester, midterms). Materials are not available for circulation until they have been processed. Faculty may submit course reserve material for the duration of the semester in which a course is offered.

Faculty may place up to five copies of a title/item on reserve. This restriction applies to books, journals, photocopies (only if initially approved by the copyright holder), and any combination thereof. The library reserves the right to refuse any photocopies deemed to be in violation of Copyright Laws, Title 17, U.S.Code. Please refer to the library's copyright policy for further information.

Removing an Item on Reserve

The Access Services Department will remove all course reserve material at the end of the semester with the exception of some items that have been placed on permanent reserve.

If an item is to be taken off reserve prior to the end of the semester, twenty-four hour notification is expected, thus allowing the Access Services Department time to de-accession the material from the library system. All items will be returned to the library stacks or to the faculty member.