Textbooks and other high-demand course materials are placed in the Library's Reserve Collection to promote student success. These items have a short loan period to provide access to more students. Instructors are encouraged to obtain and donate free desk copies of currently assigned textbooks. Please include the Reserve Request Form when donating items to the Reserve Collection.
Required Editions and OK'd Past Editions Only
Only editions currently required for courses are put on reserve. The most recent past edition may be put on reserve with instructor approval. Library staff will consult the Hawk's Nest Bookstore's "Required Material List" to identify library-owned items to include in the Reserve Collection.
Single Semester Reserves
Titles used for a single semester each year (fall or spring) are identified as such. During the "off" semester, these items will remain in the reserve collection, but semester notes will be removed from the Library's online catalog record.
Supplementary material (reference-type books, films, maps, lecture notes, etc.) can remain on reserve indefinitely as long as circulation statistics show evidence of student-use. "Under performing" items may be returned to the circulating collection where they are more accessible to all library users. Instructor-owned material on loan to the library will be returned to the instructor.
Library Funding of Required Textbooks
The library may use its collection budget to support student success by purchasing high-demand textbooks based on the following criteria:
Reserve Collection Restrictions
The following items cannot be placed on reserve:
Instructors must obtain and submit written permission from copyright holders for items that are not exempt from copyright law. The Copyright Clearance Center can help.
Submitting Reserve Requests
Please submit your Reserve Request Form at least 1 week prior to making assignments from the reserve material. Library staff needs sufficient time to catalog and process new material.
Note: download the form to access a fillable PDF.
Helping Your Students Access Reserve Material
Faculty are urged to check OneSearch to make sure textbook information is up-to-date. To check out reserve items, students need: