James H. Thomason Library

Reserve Procedure - Faculty


Reserve materials consist of required or supplemental reading/viewing for a course. A professor places items on reserve so that the greatest number of students can access the material in a short amount of time.


Placing Items on Reserve


The library will place books, bound and current periodicals, and audiovisual materials that it owns on Reserve for courses at the request of the faculty.The Library will also accept personal copies of books, audiovisual materials, and photocopies of journal articles for reserve. Please note that personal copies of materials are marked and tagged for our circulation system and undergo heavy use. Photocopies of journal articles to be placed on course reserve must be in compliance with the Copyright Law of the United States. Books borrowed through ILL cannot be placed on reserve.

If you would like for the Library to retrieve materials from the shelves, we must have your list two weeks before the materials are to be placed on reserve. Making photocopies of books or articles is the responsibility of the faculty member placing them on reserve.

The library needs at least 48 hours to process materials before the students are notified in class that items will be on reserve. Due to limited reserve shelving only 25 items may be put on reserve per instructor per class. At any time during the semester, faculty may add to or remove from the reserve lists. Items that are recommended but not required reading should not be placed on reserve. All reserve items are processed in the order in which they are received.

Faculty members can choose to place items on Reserve for one, two, three, six, or twenty-four hours, or for three or seven days. These items may or may not leave the library according to the faculty members request. The Reserve Request List may be printed, completed, and sent or brought to the Circulation Desk.


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Print request list


Removing Items from Reserve

The library staff needs at least 48 hours prior to faculty request to remove any or

all reserve materials. All materials will be removed from Reserve at the end of each semester. Personal copies and photocopies will be returned to faculty at that time. If materials are to be used for more than one consecutive term, please note that information on the Reserve Request List.


If you have any questions about Reserve procedures or policies, please contact:

Beverly Blalock


Office: 833-7081

Circulation Desk: 833-8299



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