Searching Course Reserves

Log in to your library account, then select Course Reserves from the dropdown menu as you type to search course reserves. Students must be logged in to their library account to ensure access to reserve materials.
Search tip: To find all course reserves for a specific department, use an asterisk (*) after the beginning of the course label, e.g., BIOL*

What are Course Reserves?

Course reserves are either materials (books, DVDs, scores, etc.) that faculty have set aside for students in their courses to use for a limited amount of time, or electronic resources (articles, chapters, or audio) selected by faculty for their students to access online. Physical reserve materials can be retrieved and checked out from the circulation desk and electronic reserves can be accessed through the library account link above.

Faculty: Placing Materials on Reserve

Faculty can place materials on shelf or electronic reserve for their courses. The library can put most items on course reserve with some exceptions.

Please note: Because of the unprecedented emergency restrictions due to COVID-19, which had us move to remote teaching and learning, digitizing of videos was possible under the Fair Use exception to copyright law as long as we did not have access to our physical collections. Now that Lawrence has moved to in-person teaching and learning, digitizing of video is not possible.

Electronic Reserves (articles, book chapters, etc.)

Instructors may bring to the reserve desk a clean copy of an article or selection from a book to be scanned for electronic reserves along with a completed white reserve card for each item. If the article has been previously used you need only bring in the card. If the article can be linked to from an electronic database, instructors may bring to the reserve desk a completed white reserve card (from the circulation desk or here (PDF)), with full citation information, or submit this electronic form for articles that are in a library database.  Note that it can take up to two weeks to get articles online. Follow our flow chart to adding an article to course reserves for more information on placing articles on reserve.

Books, Videos, and other Materials

Reserve materials are kept securely behind the circulation desk and may be requested from a circulation worker by title and class number. Materials MUST be checked out to be used.  Instructors designate reserve loan periods of one hour, two hours, one day or three days. Permanent reserve materials provided by academic departments and organizations are kept near the circulation desk.

Fill out blue cards, available at the circulation desk or online (PDF), for all shelf items such as books, DVDs, CDs and printed articles and bring the items and cards to the circulation desk. Personal items will be cataloged and receive barcodes and magnetic detection strips. The circulation staff will try to place materials on reserve within 24 hours of receiving them. However, during busy times, such as the first week of classes, this may not be possible. Please keep this in mind when assigning reserve readings to your students. 

Electronic Music Reserves

Faculty are encouraged to use the library's paid streaming media subscriptions, such as Naxos Music Library, for electronic music reserves. A complete list is available on the Music Electronic Resources page. Permalinks to entire CDs or individual tracks can be added to Moodle pages. Media files may be accessed off campus when proxy links are added to the URLs.

If the desired works are not found in the streaming audio databases, tracks from CDs from the Mudd's collection or personal CDs may be added to electronic reserves pages. Bring the CD to the circulation desk along with a completed electronic reserve card (PDF)- include one card per CD. If you would like to put the CD on the shelf as well, place a red dot on the card when you come to the circulation desk. If you have any question please contact Antoinette at 920-832-6995 (x6995 on campus) or via email. To find previously digitized recordings, see our page of previously digitized music reserves (on campus only).

Reserve Cards for Faculty

Paper versions of reserve cards are available at the circulation desk.

Electronic versions of the reserve cards will only work correctly with Adobe Reader. Do not use Mac Preview or Firefox or Chrome's default PDF previewer:

  • Shelf reserve cards (PDF) for books and other materials for the reserve shelves (save then use with Adobe Reader only)
  • Electronic Reserve Cards (PDF) for electronic and audio/music reserves (save then use with Adobe Reader only)

Does the library have access to a reserve article in a database? Use this form.

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