General Course Reserve Questions

What are Library Course Reserves?

Library reserves are materials made available to students that directly supplement their class. These supporting materials may be of various types, including books, videos, articles, software, maps, pamphlets, etc.  

Where can students find out what material is on reserve for my class?

Students can check the reserves notebook at the Library’s Circulation Desk and search under the instructor’s name. Students can also search for print reserves using the Library’s Online Catalog.

How long will it take to get my reserve material processed?


Processing reserve materials may take up to 5 working days. Reserve requests should be submitted at least a week in advance of reading assignments. Reserve requests are processed in the order they are received.


How long can I keep materials on reserve?


Photocopies will remain on reserve for one semester only. All photocopies will be removed from the reserve collection and returned to the instructor after the last day of each semester. Unless otherwise indicated by the instructor, books will only remain on reserve if the same instructor teaches the same course in the subsequent semester. All other items will be removed from reserve and returned to the instructor. Media will remain on reserve for one semester only.


What type of materials can I place on reserve?


Books (circulating collection & dissertations) owned by OLLU Library

Books owned by the instructor

Media (DVD's, VHS, CD's, LP's, etc…) owned by OLLU Library

Media owned by the instructor (the library is not responsible for replacing lost material)


What type of material is not allowed to be put on reserve?


Interlibrary Loan Books

Current or bound periodicals owned by OLLU Library

Photocopies which do not meet copyright compliance guidelines


How to Submit Materials for Course Reserves

Complete as much of the bibliographic information as possible. Citation style does not matter

A complete bibliographic citation consists of:

    • author
    • article/chapter title
    • book, journal or poem title
    • date
    • volume number for journals
    • publisher for books
    • page numbers


*Incomplete forms cannot be processed. Requests forms lacking complete bibliographic citations or copyright ownership statements will also be returned.*


Copyright Considerations for Course Reserves

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