What are Course Reserves?

Course reserves are materials that faculty have set aside for students in their classes to use for a limited amount of time, generally two hours or one day. Items on two hour reserve need to be used in the library. Reserves can be physical items (books, DVDs, scores, etc.) or electronic articles. Physical reserve materials can be checked out from the library circulation desk.

Search Course Reserves

Log in to your library account before searching course reserves 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*

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.

Books and other materials placed on shelf reserve by professors are available at the Reserves Desk (located on the North end of the Circulation Desk). Reserve materials circulate for loan periods ranging from two hours or three days; loan periods for course reserves are designated by the professor.

Electronic reserves can be accessed through the library catalog. Electronic reserves are available only to students enrolled in a course. Students must login to their library account for access.

Music and other audio may also be placed on electronic course reserve.

Electronic Reserves

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), 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.

Shelf Reserves

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 in the same location.

Fill out blue cards, available at the reserve desk or online, for all shelf items such as books, DVDs, CDs and articles and bring the items and cards to the circulation desk. 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.

Personal items will be cataloged and receive barcodes and magnetic detection strips.

Music Reserves

Faculty are encouraged to use the library's paid streaming media subscriptions, such as Naxos Music Library, for e-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 (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 (not available off campus,) see our page of previously digitized music reserves (on campus only).

Links for Faculty

Shelf reserve cards (PDF) for books and other materials for the reserve shelves (save then use with Adobe Reader)

Electronic Reserve Cards (PDF) for electronic and audio/music reserves (save then use with Adobe Reader)

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