Course Reserve Questions

Course Reserve FAQs

Are there any special forms to complete?

dowload-pdf-iconIf you’d like to place something on reserve, we need you to complete a library reserve form. This helps us ensure we’re providing the best service to your students. Get the form as a PDF, or pick one up at the Circulation Desk.

The Circulation Services Coordinator can help you with any special requests or instructions you have. Becky can be reached at ext. 0383 or by email at

What types of materials may be placed on reserve?

Most library-owned materials may be placed on reserve. We can also place items from your personal collection (books, photocopies of articles, films, etc.) on reserve. While we do our best to secure these materials, we cannot guarantee they will not be lost or damaged. Unfortunately, we do not have the budget to replace materials.

We cannot place other libraries’ materials on reserve. If you’d like to place something on reserve that’s not available at Albion, please contact a librarian about purchasing a copy for the library.

We can place up to five copies of each title on reserve. We generally find two copies are sufficient for a class of 15 students.

How long will it take for these materials to be ready for my students?

We make every effort to have all materials processed within 48 business hours of receiving your list/materials. Requests are processed in the order in which they are received. To avoid confusion and frustration for you and your students, please take this into account when assigning readings.

Will the library make copies of articles for reserve?

Unfortunately, the library is not adequately staffed to make copies for reserve. Please make arrangements to have your photocopying done — check with your department secretary if you aren’t sure how to proceed.

What is the policy for placing materials on electronic reserve?

If you own the copyright to PDF files you routinely use for course reserves, you can embed them directly into your Coursewebs page.

Where can students watch videos?

To watch videos on reserve, students can use the DVD player in Mudd 210. Students will want to check with a librarian to make sure the room isn’t reserved for a class. If students want to watch a DVD on their own computer, headphones are available for check-out at the Circulation Desk.

If you’d like to reserve the room for your class, contact Karen Eagen at ext 0779 (or email: Demand is high, so please reserve well in advance.

When will I get my personal materials back?

We remove materials from reserve status at the end of the semester; faculty materials are then returned via campus mail. Due to copyright restrictions, no materials may be placed on permanent reserve. Faculty must communicate their reserve requirements to the library each semester.

Where do I bring materials to be placed on reserve?

To ensure the quickest turnaround, you can bring anything you’d like placed on reserve (along with the reserve form) to the Circulation Office during regular business hours. Materials brought to the library on nights and weekends may be left at the Circulation Desk.

How long can reserve materials be checked out?

That’s up to you. The reserve form includes options for checkout periods that have worked well in the past. If there’s a checkout period you’d like to use that you don’t see on the form, check with the Circulation Coordinator. If we can accomodate your request, we’d be happy to do so.

Where are the reserve materials located?

We keep reserves behind the Circulation Desk.

I have more questions!

If you still have questions, please get in touch with our Circulation Coordinator at x0383.