What are Physical Reserves?
Placing non-digital items (books, DVDs, etc.) on Reserve at the Help Desk in the library helps guarantee more equitable access for your students, saves students money, and ensures that the first person to find an item doesn’t check it out for an extended period. You can also put your own personal copies of materials on Reserve.
- Select 1, 2, or 4 hour loan periods for in-house use
- Select 1, 3, or 7 day loan periods for materials to be checked out of the library.
How Do I Put Materials on Reserve?
- It's very easy. We’ll even get the materials off the shelves for you. Just tell us what library materials you’d like to have available on Reserve. If you want us to use your personal materials, just bring them to us at the Help Desk.
- Library Materials:
- Online: Fill out this Reserve form.
- In Person: We’ll give you a paper version of the form to fill out at the Help Desk.
- Your Personal Materials:
- Bring them to the Help Desk, and fill out a separate form for each course.
[Please note that we’re very careful with all Reserve materials, we’re not responsible for loss, damage, or theft.]
If I Have Materials for Several Different Courses, How Do Students Know Which Course the Item is for?
- Just fill out a separate form for each course. We ask for your name, the course title, and the loan period you’d like.
How Will Students Find Reserve Materials for My Courses?
- Your course will have its own page in the library catalog that students can access from the main screen of the library Web page.
- Once the materials are processed the library catalog record will have the information students need to request the item. You can save trouble and confusion for your students by giving them the “location” number to ask for when they come to the Help Desk, but we can also help them find the number.
How Long Does it Take to Put Materials on Reserve?
- We do it just as quickly as possible, usually within three days, but bear in mind that LOTS of faculty request LOTS of materials to be put on Reserve at the beginning of the semester. We process the materials as they are requested, first come, first served. Reserve items cannot be checked out until they appear as Reserve items in the catalog. Please don’t tell students to ask for Reserve materials before they've been processed.