Many, but not all, textbooks are available in the library. Most are available for a two-hour checkout. They are held in the Course Reserves behind the Circulation Desk.
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Course Reserves - Q&A for Students
What are Course Reserves?
Course Reserves allow instructors to make course material available to all students in their classes. Items that may be placed on reserve include books, articles, chapters, videos, class notes, study guides and other course material. Both library-owned and instructor-owned material may be placed on reserve. The majority of textbooks placed on reserve are donated by instructors. If the library does not own a copy of your textbook, please ask your instructor if he/she has a copy for library use.
Current editions only.
Older editions of current textbooks are not placed on reserve. The most recent previous edition of a textbook may be placed in the library's circulating collection for three-week checkout.
How long can a reserve item be checked out for?
Most items have a two-hour loan period, although some go out for longer.
Where are reserve items located?
Course reserves are kept behind the Circulation Desk and are not available for browsing. Students must bring the appropriate call number to the Circulation Desk to retrieve the item.
Can reserve material be taken out of the library?
Some of the library's textbooks have a two-hour or longer check-out period and are allowed to leave the building during the day and overnight. Textbooks designated as library use only will have a "LIB USE ONLY" notation placed on the item record and a "Library Use Only" sticker on the cover of the textbook. Those textbooks allowed to leave the building have an hourly checkout slip indicating when the item is due back. Failure to return these textbooks on time may result in the loss of textbook checkout privileges. Library fines apply to late returns.
Please note: No reserves books are allowed to leave the library building during the first two weeks or the last two weeks of the semester.