Everything you wanted to know about Library Reserves but didn’t know to ask

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What are reserves?
Physical reserves are materials that professors ask the library to set aside for use by students in their classes. They may do this to make sure that no one student checks out an important book or they may do it to make class materials more widely available.

Where are reserves and when can I use them?
Reserves are shelved behind the library’s Learning Commons desk. Just ask for a reserve book at the desk by the professor’s name and the title of the book, score, CD or DVD. You can use them any time the library is open, up until 15 minutes before closing.

What kinds of things are on reserve?
They may be the actual course textbook, or supplementary materials for the class. They can be books, scores, CDs or DVDs that are owned by the library or owned by the professor and temporarily loaned to the library.

What’s the difference between physical reserves and e-reserves?
If your class is using a whole book, it will be on physical reserve. Book chapters or articles will be scanned and posted under Library Resources in your Blackboard course.

Who decides what goes on reserve?
Your professors! The library does not purchase textbooks, so any textbooks on reserve must be provided to the library by the professor. If your professor has not placed a copy of the textbook for your class on reserve, you may ask him or her to do so, or you may request that we ask on your behalf. Sometimes a librarian will pull materials from the library’s collection that are on your syllabus and place them on reserve for your class so the library’s copy will not be stolen or lost.

How do I know if my professor has materials on reserve?
There is a big black binder at the Learning Commons desk that is organized by professor, showing what each professor has on reserve. There should also be a link to a course’s physical reserves under Library Resources in Blackboard.

How long can I check out materials on reserve?
The professor who places the item on reserve decides on the loan period, but it may be 2 hours, 4 hours, or overnight. The 2 hour loan period is the most popular for books, as it allows for more students to use the materials without having to wait. The 4 hour loan period is used for DVDs because most films are longer than 2 hours.

Can I take reserve materials out of the library?
The library holds a student’s Loyola i.d. at the Learning Commons desk while the materials are checked out to ensure that we know what is checked out and so that students are more likely to return the materials on time.

If you need help with Reserves, or if you have questions, please contact Laurie Phillips at 864-7833 or phillips@loyno.edu

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