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Reserves: Reserves

What Can Go On Reserve

  • Books or audiovisual materials owned by a faculty member, and audiovisual materials owned by the Library.
  • Rather than placing library items on Reserve, popular materials from the library collection are placed on the Course Books shelves.

What Cannot Go On Reserve

  • Items borrowed from other libraries.
  • Most materials utilized in sequential semesters.

General Information

The Library will place materials on reserve for your class.

Please provide the requested information on the Reserves Form two weeks before the course begins, so materials are ready for your students.

Please fill out a separate Reserves Form for each course. 

The Library reserves the right to decide how many copies of an item or how many items can be placed on reserve, based on the number of students in a class, expected use, the library's past experience with reserves, and space available.

The Library is not responsible for materials that are lost, stolen or damaged. When possible, the Circulation Coordinator will contact the faculty member to report the problem and seek a solution.

The Library does not reproduce materials for reserve.

The Library is not responsible for any violation of copyright or copying by the faculty member or persons using the Reserve materials.See the Copyright for more.

Textbook Purchase Policy

Textbook purchases policy: The library DOES NOT purchase class textbooks.

Clarification:  It has been a few years since the library has had a program of buying all textbooks. The practice was reviewed and revised after a review demonstrated that such a complete coverage policy would utilize over half of our book budget, leaving far too little for the purchase of other exploratory materials

As of this moment, about 1/3rd of all textbooks have current editions in our Course Books collection. Another 1/3rd have earlier editions. Therefore, In these difficult financial times, very few libraries maintain any type of textbook collection, choosing to utilize their funds for supplementary materials. This is a philosophical issue we may revisit in our advisory Councils.

In the meantime, as we are seeking to find a reasonable balance of curriculum and research support materials, we simply cannot subsidize all required textbooks.  In order to find a sensitive solution, we will address any special request on a case-by-case basis, using criteria such as:

  • Is this a book that is so important that it should be part of a core personal collection?
  • How expensive is the item?
  • How many students will benefit from the purchase?
  • Are there special considerations that we must address?
  • Are there electronic portions that libraries cannot purchase … in which case students often must already buy the package which includes the paper book?

Please feel free to respond directly to the library about these issues … all comments will be forwarded to the appropriate stakeholder Councils for consideration.

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