Placing Library Materials
on Reserve

Copyright Policy


Many faculty members choose to place material on reserve in order to ensure that all students in the class have access to it.

How do I locate Reserve material?

How long may I borrow items on Reserve?

  • Loan periods are determined by the instructor and vary from 2 hours to 1 day.

Where should Reserve materials be returned?

  • Return all Reserve materials to the 2nd floor Information/Check-Out Desk.
  • If the library is closed, return Print Reserves to the 2nd floor book drop at the top of the ramp. Return Multimedia Reserves to the book drop labeled Media in the breezeway in front of Charlie Brown's Cafe on the first floor.

May I place a hold or renew items on Reserve?

  • There are NO holds or renewals on Reserve items.
  • Return the item on time, and if you need it again, you may retrieve it one hour after it is returned.

How much are overdue fines for Reserve materials?

  • Fines - There is no grace period.
  • Library and campus privileges are restricted when over $10 in fines is accrued.
  • You are responsible for all library materials checked out on your card.

Information for Instructors:

Allow 3 business days to process your item. Do not assign Reserve items before the library has had time to process them. All material will be removed from Reserve at the end of the selected term. Personal copies will be returned to instructors.

In order to comply with copyright restrictions, which states "Reserve readings are meant to supplement course text materials, not replace them," we may need to limit the number of items placed on Reserve or restrict inclusion of material. Check our Copyright Policy.

How to place library-owned materials on Reserve

  • Check the Snoopy library catalog to see if we own the item.
  • Pick up a Reserve form at the Information/Check-Out Desk or download the form.
  • Pull the book(s) from the shelf and bring them with the completed Reserve form to the Information/Check-Out Desk or submit the online Reserve form and library staff will retrieve the books. We will search for material for 2 days. If we cannot locate, we will notify you via SSU email.

How to place personal copies on Reserve

  • Bring books, articles, and media to the Information/Check-Out Desk.
  • Pick up a Reserve form at the Information/Check-Out Desk or download the form.
  • Photocopy articles will be placed in packets titled Readings and given the course name and number: (e.g., SOCI301: Readings).
    • Up to 3 copies of each article will be placed in folders with the same call number and listed as copies 1, 2 and 3.
    • To add articles to folders, be sure to bring in enough copies.
    • Back up copies of all articles.
  • Student papers require written permission from the student before posting. Student consent form
  • No borrowed or rented material accepted.

How to request the Library purchase materials

  • Fill out the purchase suggestion form.
  • The Library is not able to purchase every title requested and usually does not purchase standard textbooks.

How are loan periods determined?

  • Loan periods are determined by the instructor (Print - 2 hours or 1 day, Mulitmedia - 4 hours or 1 day).
  • Consider the number of students who will need to access this material (i.e. larger classes, shorter loan period).
  • If the item is already on reserve by another instructor, you must use that instructor's loan period.