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Course Reserves


Put Materials on Reserve

The Course Reserves collection houses print and audio/visual materials that have been requested by faculty for use by students in their courses. Materials not currently held by the Library will usually be purchased, although the Library reserves the right to limit the acquisition of materials.

Request Deadlines​

SpringMar 1
SummerMay 15
FallAug 1
WinterJan 1
  • Requests processed in the order received
  • Processing generally takes 5 working days
  • Lists received after the quarterly deadline may not be ready for the start of classes
  • Incomplete information may cause significant delays
  • Notification will be sent when the Library has completed each request list
  • Faculty may review material before announcing it to their students
  • While every attempt is made to ensure the integrity of items placed on Reserve, the Library assumes no responsibility for damaged or lost items
  • The loan period for reserve material is 2 hours unless otherwise specified on the request form
  • 1-day, 3-day, and 14-day loan periods are also available, but should be specified only for low-use materials
  • Loan periods can be changed at the instructor’s request
  • Any item requested for more than one class will automatically be placed on 2-hour loan

When choosing a loan period, consider:

  • What is the class size?
  • Is the item ‘required’ or ‘recommended’ reading?
  • Are the assigned sections easily reproduced, requiring only photocopying?

The Library recommends the following loan periods:

  • 2 hours for required readings
  • 1 day for material included in a list of selected reading for the entire class
  • 3 days for recommended readings unlikely to be reviewed by the entire class
  • Requests for books to be placed on reserve must include the following information:
    • Author’s full name
    • Title (complete, if possible)
    • Edition and Year of publication
  • Generally, the Library provides 1 copy per 100 students enrolled in the course. Instructors may request that the Library purchase additional copies. Requests are subject to review.
  • Items from standard U.S. publishers are usually readily obtainable. Foreign publications, obscure materials, and out-of-print items may be difficult to obtain. In such cases instructors may wish to provide personal copies.

For help with course reserves, contact us.

Course Reserves Request Form

Select one or more quarters

Instructor Information

Campus Contact Person