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Course Reserves

The library offers two types of access for Course Reserves:

  • Reserve Desk Access (main desk of library)
  • Electronic Access

Reserve Request Forms

Online forms may be submitted at any time. Paper forms are available at the main desk. A separate reserve form should be completed for each item to be placed on reserve and for each excerpt within a book. Forms from previous terms should not be reused. It is important to fill out each form in entirety, including bibliographic information for excerpts. Incomplete forms require further interaction with the faculty member and result in additional processing time.

Please allow five to eight working days at the beginning of the term for processing. After that, allow two working days after submitting the request. Forms will be returned to the requesting faculty member at the end of the term with usage information included.

The library will accept books, photocopied articles, other printed materials, and audio-video materials for inclusion in the reserve collection. Some items regarding University policies or general UMM information are on permanent reserve so that they can be accessed easily by the UMM community.

All items on Electronic or Print Reserve must conform to copyright law. Specific questions about reserve items and copyright should be directed to LeAnn Dean.

Electronic Reserve

Faculty are encouraged to utilize electronic reserve for articles, handouts, or chapters of books. This option enables more students to use the reserve items simultaneously and gives them the option of access from any networked computer. Check the appropriate box on the request form to use this option. Check with LeAnn Dean if you have questions about the scanability of the reading and about expected processing time as well as to learn the password that students will need to access the course page and the readings. Because file size is of concern in making the e-reserves usable for varying computer sophistication and age used by students, it is recommended that readings be divided into individual chapters using the chapter title as the title of the reading. Longer chapters can be divided into more than one file.

Electronic reserve is a link on the library’s home page. After clicking on the general electronic reserve heading, students use the pull-down menus for either instructor or discipline. Within each discipline there is a listing by specific course.

Print Reserves

Print Course Reserves are held at the main desk and are available for check out for 3 hours or days. Fines are applicable on items returned late.

Print Reserve items have their own database accessible from the main library web site or through the Pounce catalog.

It is common practice for faculty to place personal copies on reserve. It should be noted that barcodes and labels will be applied to these items. Personal copies will be returned to the faculty member’s division office at the end of the term along with request forms and usage information.

Interlibrary loan protocols prohibit the library from placing books or materials borrowed from other libraries on reserve. Similarly, rented or borrowed items should not be placed on reserve.

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