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Course Reserves


Example: N 142

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. For help with course reserves, contact us.

Request Deadlines​

SpringMar 1
SummerMay 15
FallAug 1
WinterJan 1
  • Requests processed in the order received
  • Processing generally takes five working days
  • If new books need to be ordered, processing can take up to six weeks
  • 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 usual loan period for course reserve titles is seven days.
  • 14 day loan period is available for low-use titles.
  • High use and quick reference titles may have a four-hour loan period. Any item requested for more than one class may have a 4 hour loan period.
  • 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, we provides one 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.

Request Form

Select one or more quarters

Instructor Information

Campus Contact Person