Course Reserves FAQ

What are course reserves?

Course reserves are books and other print and non-print items that are required or supplemental materials for coursework. These items are either placed behind the circulation desk or made available to students via electronic course reserves (E-Reserves) on the web. Course reserves may include books, lecture notes, journal articles, sample tests, videos or DVDs, audio cassettes or files, and other related information to support classroom instruction.Electronic Reserves (E-Reserves) offer access to electronic course materials 24 hours per day, both on and off campus. Instructors may place text files, journal articles, book chapters, bibliographies, audio or video clips, and class notes on E-Reserves (as allowed by copyright law).

How can I tell what is on reserve for my course?

All course reserve materials are listed in the Library Catalog, under Course Reserves and may be searched by Course or by Professor. If you are searching by Professor, please enter the last name (Example: Adam). If you cannot locate your course by professor, please search by course name or course number. Items might also be linked to on your D2L course page, so please check there as well.

Can reserve items be taken out of the Library?

Some reserve items may be taken from the Library; others must be used in the library as set by your professor. Loan periods for most items are also chosen by the instructor.

What are the fines for overdue reserve items?

Fines for 2-hour is $0.10 per hour and 24-hour reserve items accumulate at $1.00 per day. Fines accrue all days and all hours the library is open. Some items, like laptops, accrue fines even if the library is not open. The Library is responsible for providing access to reserve materials to all students. Fines are structured to encourage borrowers to return them on time. Borrowers are responsible for knowing the date and time items are due back. The staff member checking out the item will provide this information.

Can course reserve materials be renewed?

Reserve materials may not be renewed by phone, email or on the Web. Items not in demand by other students in the course may be rechecked out at the Circulation Desk.

When are materials removed from course reserves?

Course reserves are available until the last day of final exams, unless the instructor requests they be removed earlier.