The Library at Watkins Course Reserve is an easy way to make scarce resources available to your students. Faculty can place materials for a specific course on reserve for the entire semester or a part of a semester. Items that can be placed on Course Reserve include library owned books, excerpts/articles/poems, and DVD’s as well as materials provided by the professor.
Depending on the demand for an article, reserve can be for “Library Use Only”, that is the item cannot be checked out, or for a limited check out, one day or three days. At the end of each semester, Course Reserve items are returned to the circulation.
The Library also owns some special items, for example VHS tapes not available on DVD and certain artist-created books, which can be placed on reserve but must be for “Library Use Only” and cannot be checked out.
Course Reserve items are found on the Reserve shelf near the front of the Library and are grouped according to class.
To place items on reserve-
- Download and fill out the Course Reserve Form found at the bottom of this page. As you plan your class and choose the materials to be kept in the Library for your students, use the Course Reserve form, to list the items you want placed on reserve and indicate the check out period: Library Use Only (LUO), 1 day, or 3 days. Please use a separate form for each class. We will keep forms on file and ask that you update forms as you add items to the reserve throughout the semester.You will need the item information (title, author, call number), instructor, and course information, easily found in the Library online catalog.
- If you want to place on reserve personal copies of books, copies of your textbooks, materials you have created for class, etc, list them on the Course Reserve form. We will create a temporary catalog entry for the item so they can be searched in our catalog.
- The course reserve system makes items accessible to your students outside of class. If you want to make sure that the items are available for your use in class, consider checking out all the items you need for the semester. After using, return them and place them on reserve or return to circulation.
- If, over the semester, your class is finished with items, let us know so that we can remove items from reserve and place them back in circulation for others to use. This is not an automatic process.
- Be sure your Course Reserve requests go to Robin Foster, the course reserves manager.
- Course Reserve items are found on the Reserve shelf near the front of the Library and are grouped according to class.
- Items on Course Reserve are due by noon on the date due.
- The fine for overdue reserve items is $5 per day.
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