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Course Reserves

Why Use Course Reserves

When your instructor wants everyone in the class to read the same items, the instructor might put the items "on reserve" in one of the College libraries during the semester that the course is taught. Reserve items are given shorter borrowing periods than other books so that everyone in the class gets a chance to use them.

Items placed on reserve can include books, study guides, answer keys, magazine and newspaper articles, copies of past exams, or just about anything else your instructor wants everyone to read or use. You'll even find collections of rocks on reserve for geology classes.

Course Reserves in Library Catalog

The Reserve Desk

The Doyle Library Reserve Desk is on the fourth floor. Reserve items at the Mahoney Library are kept at the Circulation Desk near the entrance to the front doors of the Library.

Textbooks

The Libraries do not generally buy textbooks, but in many cases, instructors lend their own extra copies of the class textbooks or they have requested that the Libraries buy the textbook for a specific course. To find out if the textbook for your class is on reserve in one of the College libraries, check the catalog.

Reserve Loan Times

Many items on reserve are designated two hour "Library use only," which means that they can only be used inside the buildings. Others might be available for four hours or sometimes one day or three day time period. Your instructor decides the duration of the borrowing period.

Reserve items may be checked out up to three times in a row if no one else is waiting for them. After that, you may not check them out again for one to two days to give others a chance to use them. Reserve materials are typically in high demand and may not be held or reserved for an individual student. If an item is checked out to another student at the time you request it and you want to be the next student allowed to use it, you'll need to check back at frequent intervals should the item you need is returned early.

Fines for Overdue Reserve Materials

Reserve materials must be returned to the desk from which they were checked out. Because these materials are typically in high demand, materials that are not returned on time will accrue overdue fines that are higher than those for other library books:

  • two hour and four hour items: $1 per hour per item
  • one day and three day items: $2.50 per day per item; maximum overdue fine is $150.00

Finding Course Reserves

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Check the catalog: Click the tab labeled "Course Reserves." Search by instructor or course to see a list of the materials that your instructor has placed on reserve for your class. Write down the call number(s) for items you need and take them to the Reserve Desk.