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Course Reserves

Course Reserves are collections of materials that serve specific Carlow classes. The are created at the request of course instructors and most often include required and recommended readings and/or films.

  • Course Reserve Items
    • Items from Grace Library's collection, including books and DVDs, may be placed on Course Reserve, as well as personal copies of books, CDs, and DVDs.
      • In the case of journal articles and books available digitally, we recommend linking directly to the item's record in the online library catalog. This can be done by sharing the permalink for the item record within a Brightspace course or by sharing the link via email.
      • When considering including CDs and DVDs as Course Reserve items, please note that it is becoming increasingly more difficult for students to watch DVDs or listen to CDs on campus. Many laptops no longer come with internal CD drives, leaving students with few locations, such as the third floor of the University Commons computer lab, to watch or use these materials.
  • Request Form
    • Instructors must fill out a copy of the Grace Library Course Reserve form every semester they would like to place an item on reserve. Paper copies of the form are available at the Circulation Desk and an Microsoft Forms version is available online. As indicated on the form, the course reserve may be available for one semester only, for a two-hour in-library use loan period. Please note that library staff do not locate, download, or copy materials for reserve use.
  • Processing of Requests
    • Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow a minimum of five days for processing. Every effort will be made to accommodate all requests in a timely manner. Faculty are encouraged to submit materials as early as possible to ensure they are available for student use at the start of the course.
  • Copyright Restrictions
    • The library may refuse to place an item on reserve if, in the opinion of the librarian, accepting the item would constitute an infringement of copyright law. One example of such an infringement would be an article obtained through Interlibrary Loan. Grace Library does not own a license for resources obtained through Interlibrary Loan, thus these items would be subject to the rules of copyright and fair use.
  • Organization and Circulation
    • Physical reserve materials are stored at the Circulation Desk by course number. Students may access the materials by asking for them at the desk. A searchable list of all current physical and/or digital reserves is available through the library's online catalog.