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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 Process

Online forms may be submitted at any time and are the preferred request method. However, paper forms are also available at the main desk. A separate reserve form should be completed for each item 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 and may 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. The library will accept books, photocopied or digitized articles, other printed materials and media items. In the past the library has processed a box of rocks for a Geology course. Unconventional items are welcome. Items for campus governance or U of M policies are often added to reserve so they can be easily accessed by the UMM community. It is a common practice for faculty to place personal copies on reserve. It should be noted that baarcodes 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. Interlibrary loan protocols prohibit thelibrary from placing books or materials borrowed from other libraries on reserve. Similarly, rented or borrowed items should not be placed on reserve.

All items on reserve must conform to copyright law. Specific questions about copyright or reserve in general should be directed to LeAnn Dean.

Electronic Reserve

Electronic reserve for materials that are easily digitized enables students to use reserve items simultaneously and not be concerned with times and dates due back at the library. Check the appropriate box on the request form for this option. The password is typically the format of last name of faculty plus the four digit course number. For example, collier1101 for Mark Collier’s Introduction to Philosophy course. Items included in the library’s e-reserve system can be linked to Moodle if, for scanning or other reasons, that would be helpful in making resources available to students enrolled in a course.

Print Reserve

Print reserve materials are held at the main desk and available for check out periods of either 3 hours or 1 day. Fines are applicable to items returned late. In addition to finding information about print reserves through the Research Guide listing, they are also included in Pounce (either by author or title of the work).

Searching for Course Reserve Items

A combined list of both print and electronic reserve items for a course is available by clicking on the Course Reserves tab in the center box of the library’s home page. Choose “Course Reserves” to search for items by instructor name, course name or course number. Choose the "Research Guides" alphabetical list to identify course reserve listings within specific course research guides. Print and Electronic reserves will be combined into one list within each course reserves guide