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Student Guide to the Library: Reserve Materials/Textbooks

A guide to library services for students

What are Reserve Materials?

Reserves consist of items that your professor has placed in the library for use by your class. The checkout times vary from "Two-Hour Library Use Only" to "One-Week" check out.

How do I find materials my instructor has put "on reserve" for my class?

These are materials instructors put on limited-loan status for their students. They are located behind the library's Circulation Desk and are usually shelved by academic department and instructor's name. Materials include books, periodical articles, DVDs, etc. These items are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis; the loan period is generally Two-hour Library Use Only.

Does the library have textbooks for my courses?

Behind the Circulation Desk are textbooks for some of the courses currently offered at the college. Please inquire there by course, instructor’s name, and/or book title to see if your textbook is available. The textbooks are for in-house use only and do not leave the library building. If the textbook is not at the Circulation Desk, you may want to ask your teacher to put a copy of the textbook on reserve.

Loan Policy

Loan Periods
Reserves checkout varies from 2 hours to 2 weeks. The Two-Hour Reserve must be used within the library. Reserve materials may not be recalled or put on hold.  All reserve items are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fines & Replacement Costs
Reserve materials accrue fines when returned late.  The fine rate varies depending on loan period and material type.