There are many types of reserved items a professor can have you use, from an article on electronic reserve, to a book, to a DVD or sound recording. Here you will find instructions for finding and using reserved items. Please note that reserves can be checked out from the Circulation Desk, and that they must remain in the library.


(Faculty: Please see our Course Reserves Form for information about placing items on reserve.)

  • Books and Articles on Reserve:  For many classes, certain books or photocopied articles will be required reading for your class. When a professor tells you those items are on reserve at the library, they mean that they are held in behind the Circulation Desk. All reserved books and articles have 2-hour loan periods, and you must use them in the Library. The Library has two copier/scanners in case you need to print or scan copies of your own personal use.  Please ask for Judee Showalter at the Circulation Desk for more information on reserved items.  You can also contact Judee by email at .  If Judee is not available, any of our Library Staff will be happy to help you!


  • DVDs on Reserve:  Sometimes a professor will place a DVD on reserve. Please visit our viewing stations located on the first floor by the HAC, DVD's on reserve may not be used outside the Library. These reserves can be checked out at the Circulation Desk for the duration of the movie rounded up to the nearest hour (a movie that is 2 hours and 30 minutes long may be borrowed for 3 hours).


  • Audio and Data CDs on Reserve:  A professor may ask students to listen to an audio CD or view a file on a data CD here in the Library.  You can use a CD player or one of the computers in the Library's classroom to listen to audio CDs. Data CDs must be accessed using a computer. These items can be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for 2 hours.  Headphones are also available for checkout as reserve items.