Course Reserves

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Electronic Reserves: Reserves staff may upload articles, book excerpts, audio, and video clips to electronic reserves if materials meet copyright clearance and fair use guidelines indicated on the Course Electronic Reserves Request Form. Requests will be processed in the order they are received within 48-72 hours (Sunday-Thursday).  Students: look up what’s currently on e-reserves for your class (ask your professor or the Library if you need the password).
Print Reserves: Books, videos, and CDs from the library's collection or the faculty member's personal collection may be placed on reserve using the Course Reserves Request Form.   Students: look up what’s currently on course reserves for your class.

If the library does not own the materials you want to place on reserve, please use the Request a book or resource for purchase form and indicate that you want the book on reserve. If it fits the parameters of our collection development policy, we will do our best to purchase it as soon as possible for your course reserves. We will be in touch with you regarding the availability of this item.

Books or media requested through interlibrary loan (LINK+ or ILLiad) cannot be placed on reserve.

 

For questions about copyright, view the Library's Reserves Copyright Information, Permissions, and Policy and Copyright Policy Guide (COMING SOON)
Need additional information? Contact Reserves Manager Alyson Tong:  apr3@stmarys-ca.edu  or by phone at 925-631-4181.

FAQs

Q: Will I provide the library with a copy of my textbook for course reserves?

A: We are accepting print and electronic course reserves for the upcoming academic year. Please fill out an online request for your items to be placed on course reserves.  Course Electronic Reserves Request Form or Course Reserves Request Form.   

Q: When and how should faculty submit a reserves request?

A: EReserves: Electronic reserves can be submitted at any time. However, getting them in before the semester starts results in quicker processing. In addition, reserves staff may upload articles, book excerpts, audio, and video clips to electronic reserves if materials meet copyright clearance and fair use guidelines indicated on the Course Electronic Reserves Request Form. Requests will be processed in the order they are received within 48-72 hours (Sunday–Thursday). 

A: Print ReservesBooks, videos, and CDs from the library's collection or the faculty member's personal collection may be placed on reserve using the Course Reserves Request Form.   

If the library does not own the materials you want to place on reserve, please use the Request a book or resource for purchase form and indicate that you want the book on reserve. If it fits the parameters of our collection development policy, we will do our best to purchase it as soon as possible for your course reserves. We will be in touch with you regarding the availability of this item.

Q: What steps do I need to follow to place something on reserves?

A: First, you should see if the library owns a copy of the item you want on reserve by looking in the library catalog. If the library does not own the item you want, a personal copy can be used or scanned for reserves. Second, if you need the library to purchase the item for reserves, please contact your subject librarian for a purchase.

Q: Can I place my own personal copy of a book or DVD on course reserve for my students to borrow?

A: Yes, if we have the item in our collection, we can pull it and place it on reserves for your course.  I we do not own it, we invite you to bring a personal copy for the library to place on course reserves for your class or contact your subject librarian to discuss purchasing options 

Q: Can the library buy my class’s textbook as an e-book for my students to use?

A: The library may purchase electronic versions of books assigned as course readings upon request. However, not all books are available as ebooks for libraries to license. If one is available as an ebook, it may not allow multiple students to use the ebook at once. (More information.) Furthermore, such a purchase may be subject to the financial constraints of the library budget and collection policies. Copyright law does not permit the library to create an electronic version of a textbook from a print edition.

Q: What if my students can’t afford the textbook?

A: You may consider allowing students to use a previous edition, which may be cheaper used (but will also have different page numbers and problem sets, and some different content), or refer them to the Library for help finding more affordable copies online. You can ask your librarian if the Library can buy an e-book version of your course text that all your students can use. (See the previous paragraph for more on this.) A student’s financial aid counselor, SEAS coach, or HP staff might be able to help connect them with funding for textbooks.

Q: How can I save my students money on textbooks in the future?

A: Consider using or creating Open Educational Resources. Consider using ebooks, articles, primary sources, or case studies available through the Library rather than a commercial textbook. Push back on cost with your publisher sales reps, and ask them if they publish a less expensive textbook on the same subject. Your librarian might be able to help you identify less expensive options too. 

The process of considering alternative resources and/or new access models to course materials can be a daunting task. The librarians are available in the coming months to work closely with you to:

  • Find electronic resources that the Library can license or purchase in place of the print copies usually placed on reserve,

  • Discover and use electronic materials we have already licensed,

  • Place chapters for your courses on e-reserve,

  • Help you investigate or adopt open educational resources (OER).

Q: Can’t you scan my entire textbook for my students?

A: Not without violating copyright. 

 

Other questions? Ask us!