Course Reserves Guidelines

Reserves are materials needed by students for class work which have high and short term use, thus limiting the loan period so that all students may access them. Materials for use by college faculty and staff for short term, high use may also be placed on reserve.

Reserves can include:

  • Videorecordings in the DVD or VHS formats: those taped in class, those taped legally off-air, those personally owned by faculty/staff, and those held in the Alverno College Library collection
  • Photocopies and reprints of periodical articles, as supplied by faculty/staff
  • Specific issues of highly used periodicals held in the Library's collection
  • Books owned by faculty/staff and those held in the Library's collection
  • Computer software owned by faculty/staff and those held in the Library's collection
  • Other types of audiovisual materials owned by faculty/staff and those held in the Library's collection

Items that will not be placed on reserve include:

  • Items owned by another institution, e.g., other libraries, video rental stores, etc.

Copyright and Reserves provides copyright guidelines for print and electronic reserves material.

Materials to be placed on reserve may be left at the Alverno College Library's Circulation/Reserves Desk and must be accompanied by completed (yellow) reserve cards. If multiple copies of a title are being placed on reserve at the same time for a single class, only one card needs to be filled out.

Reserve materials will be processed as soon as possible. To avoid student frustration the library recommends that reserve materials be delivered to the library for processing 24 hours in advance of the time when they will be needed or expected by students. In the best of all possible worlds materials should be placed on reserve before they are mentioned as being on reserve in class.

Materials no longer needed for class reserves should be removed as soon as possible.

The library also offers some reserves material in PDF format which can be viewed both on campus and off campus using a personal computer. See the library's Electronic Reserves Guidelines for more information.

Any questions or concerns relating to course reserves should be addressed to your Library Liaison.


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Last updated 06/18/12