Course Reserves Policy

1. Items to be placed on reserve are generally considered to be high use items which a number of people need to use in a short space of time.

Articles or books which are required reading
Articles or books which are recommended reading
Videos that should be viewed during a limited time frame
Personal items which are not part of the library collection

2. Items to be placed on reserve are to be brought to the Public Services Librarian by the person (or their representative) who wishes to place them on reserve. A Reserve Request Form, available at the Circulation/Reference Desk, must include all of the following information: Instructor, Course/Section number, Course Title, the term that items are expected to be on reserve, and the loan period (see #3).

3. Personal items will be assigned a temporary barcode. Loose leaf items must be in a notebook or binder and able to stand alone. Faculty may select from the following loan periods when requesting course reserves:

  • 1 hour - Recommended for high demand items limited to library use only.
  • 2 hour - Items may be checked out for two hours during the day or overnight if checked out within the hour before closing. If checked out over night, they are due within the first hour the library opens the next day.
  • 1 day - Items will be due the day after they are checked out.
  • 3 day - Items may be checked out for three days.
  • 1 week - Items may be checked out for seven days.

4. Please allow at least 48 hours for reserve materials to be made available to students. Putting items on reserve is labor intensive.

5. Reserve items are kept in the reserve room behind the Circulation Desk. For those who need to locate and use reserve materials, visit the Library Catalog. Within the catalog, click on Search in the upper lefthand corner, then on Course Reserves. Course Reserves may be searched by course name or reserve item title. Patrons may also use the printed Reserve Book at the Circulation Desk. Items are listed underneath the course prefix, number, and course name.

6. The Reserve Room is a closed stacks area. Students must request reserve items from Library staff on duty at the Circulation Desk. They should provide the call number for the item(s) as well as the teacher's name and the course name or number. The items are located on either of two sets of shelves according to whether they are owned by the library or whether they are instructors' personal items.

7. Overdue fines are charged as follows:

1 or 2 hour reserve - $.25 per hour
1, 3 or 7 day reserve - $.25 per day
Maximum fine $10.00

8. Faculty will be reminded at the beginning of each semester of items that are on reserve under their names. Faculty should promptly respond indicating which items should be removed from or remain on reserve. Items may be removed from reserve at any time. Before picking up personal items, please allow the Library time for removing them from our course reserve system.

Approved 8/21/2003