Reserve Collection

The Reserve Collection is a special area of the library where faculty can place high demand items – typically required course readings – to ensure those items are highly accessible to students. Reserve items usually have a check out time of 2 hours and do not leave the library building. That limited check out time ensures all students can access reserve items. The Reserve Collection is located at the Circulation Desk.

Almost anything you would like your students to read can be placed on reserve. The Reserve Collection includes books – library books as well as instructors’ personal copies – photocopies of articles (within the current copyright guidelines), copies of past tests, answer keys, and course syllabi. Some instructors have put DVDs and CDs on reserve for their students. The instructor placing materials on reserve is responsible for obtaining copyright permission.


  1. Review copyright information regarding library reserve.
  2. Complete reserve form(s) for new items you are placing on reserve:
    1. Form for hard copy (books and media) materials: Print Reserve Form
    2. Request a textbook chapter scan for your Brightspace course: Form to Request a Chapter Scan
    3. Form to renew reserve materials: Reserve renewal form
  3. At the end of each semester, do the following to remove or renew your course reserves:
    1. Print out your renewal/removal list(s)
    2. Submit your renewal/removal list(s) to the library.

Place a Reserve Purchase Request 

If the Library does not own an item, you can place a request to purchase the item using the Textbook Reserve Request Form

To request that the Library buy an item to add to the general collection (i.e. you will NOT place this item on reserve for your classes), please the purchase request form.

Processing Time

  • Requests are processed in the order that they are submitted.
  • If the item is in our collection, please allow up to one (1) week for processing.
  • If the item is not in our collection, you may request that we purchase the item. Please note, it can take up to eight (8) weeks to process a new addition to the collection and place the item on reserve. (In some cases it can take longer depending on how difficult the item is to obtain.)