Searching Course Reserves

Be sure to log in to your library account before searching course reserves to ensure access to reserve materials. Many will not appear in the catalog unless you're logged in. 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 so they may all have access to them, 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 access through the library account link above.

Faculty: Placing Materials on Reserve

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 (available from the circulation desk or access the PDF version 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. Permission to use electronic copies and photocopies of articles will be requested by the library.

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).

What Cannot Be Put on Reserve?

Under no circumstance will the library place on reserve a professor-created anthology or course pack of readings, unless the anthology has been created with the permission of the copyright holders or the materials are no longer subject to copyright law. Anthologies may also be defined as video or audio clips from various copyrighted works placed on one file/disc/etc.

Reserve Usage Policies

  • The basis for our reserve system is the Lawrence University Honor Code, which applies to the misuse of library materials as well as to plagiarism and cheating. It states, in part, that a student shall not "in any way intentionally limit or impede the academic performance or intellectual pursuits of fellow students."
  • When checking out reserve materials you assume responsibility for them until their return to a circulation desk worker. Repeated late returns will constitute an Honor Code violation.
  • Two hour reserve materials normally must be used in the library. Some may be checked out for use outside the library only during the last half hour of the library day. Both overnight and three day books must be returned within the first half hour of the library day.
  • If unusual circumstances require that reserve materials be needed for a longer period, written permission should be obtained from the instructor.