Does the library have my textbook? A student’s guide to Course Reserves

Posted: June 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM CDT

What are Course Reserves?

Reserves are books held at the Circulation Desk under course numbers and/or professors' names. Usually the books are on 3-hour reserve and must remain in the library. This allows more students access to the book. Books are put on reserve by the request of the professor.

Tip: If you would like one of your course books to be on reserve at the library, talk to your professor. They might they have an extra copy available that they can put on reserve for your class.

How do reserves help you?

Maybe you just left your book at home on accident that day. Maybe you can't afford to buy all of the books for a course, or you just don't want to spend the money. Check to see if we have it on reserve in the library. Hopefully we can help you save money.

Where can I look for what Items are on reserve?

You can search online for books on reserve. You will need your instructor's name or the course number.

How do you get your hands on reserve items?

Go to the Bell Library Circulation Desk (it's that big curved one on the left when you enter the library). Tell them your instructor's name, the course number, or the name of your book. We can look up the item and check it out to you. All you will need is your SandDollar$ card.

Just as a warning, though, there is a late fee of $3.00 per hour. This is to encourage the books be returned on time so they will be available for the next student.

Why doesn't the Library have all textbooks on reserve?

We really wish we could honestly, but as we all know textbooks are expensive. We just don't have the budget for that.

Tip: You might want to check out the Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative.

By: Amie Cuvelier

Category: Services for You, Behind the Scenes