Course Reserves

Placing print materials on reserve

The Access Services Department in the library provide access to materials selected by faculty members to be placed on reserve for their students. These can include books owned by faculty members (such as copies of course textbooks), library books, articles from library periodicals, government documents, reference works, etc. Students may use these materials in the library for a period of three hours or may borrow them for a period of two days or seven days as designated by the instructor. Electronic reserves are accessible 24 hours / 7 days a week. Faculty members are responsible for meeting copyright regulations for all print items placed on Reserve.

Faculty members may fill out the reserve request form and turn this in with print materials to the Circulation Desk in the library.

Library staff will process materials for access in the library’s online system. This process usually takes no more than seven business days. During peak periods, such as at the beginning of each semester, it may take longer. We will process items in the order that we receive them.

If you would like multiple copies of an article placed on reserve, you will need to provide multiple copies when placing your request.

You may remove your materials from reserve at any time during the semester. You (or a designated representative) can pick up reserve items from the Circulation Desk. You can also request that we deliver materials to your office via campus mail.

Students can look up physical items on reserves. Students should check at the Circulation Desk for materials that have not yet appeared in the online system. 

Placing materials on electronic reserve

Starting in Summer 2024, electronic reserves will be hosted in Canvas via the Course Library tool. More information will be forthcoming about Course Library in May 2024.

Faculty may place items on electronic reserve for one semester. The library will remove all electronic reserves at the end of each semester. The library reserves the right to convert any document into PDF format to improve readability, and to refuse any item being requested for reserve if necessary for copyright or other reasons.


Questions regarding the process may be directed to the Circulation Desk via email at or by telephone at 361-825-2340.