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Library Services for Faculty: Course Reserves

Important information for DBU faculty about liaisons, proxies, purchasing, and more.

Course Reserves

You may wish to place items on reserve so that all of your students will have access to them.  You can place library items, such as books, DVDs, or copies of articles, on reserve; you can also choose the most appropriate check-out period, depending on the item.  (See the Checkout Periods tab above for explanations.) 

You may also own books or other items that you wish to share with your students.  You can place your personal items on reserve using the Course Reserves system. 

All Reserve items are kept on shelves behind the Circulation Desk to protect them and insure restricted use.  To place an item on Reserve, select the Reserve Procedures tab above and follow the directions.

  • Reserve status extends to the end of each semester, unless otherwise specified.
  • At semester end, items on Reserve will be returned to the circulation shelves, or to their owners.
  • Items to be held on reserve in succeeding terms (Spring-Summer, Fall-Spring, etc.) may remain on reserve at the request of the instructor. To authorize this extension, contact the Circulation Supervisor before the end of the term.
  • Faculty and staff must abide by the same policies as other users when accessing reserve materials. The reserving instructor must authorize any exceptions.
  • Some items housed behind the circulation desk (such as videos and DVDs) are not automatically on reserve. If you wish to place such an item on reserve, please follow the procedures outlined under the Reserve Procedures tab.

To place an item on reserve, you must complete a Library Reserve Request Form.

  • Submit one Reserve Request Form for each item. Please provide complete information.
  • If you're requesting a book or DVD that DBU owns, library staff will retrieve the requested item and process it for reserve status. 
  • If you wish to reserve an article, submit the request form and then bring a copy of the article to the circulation desk.
  • If you wish to place a personal item on reserve, complete the request form first, then bring the item to the circulation desk.  A barcode will be placed on your item. We will treat your personal items with care, but the Library cannot be held liable for lost or damaged items.
  • A confirmation notice will be sent to you.

Note: Reference books may not be placed on reserve.

There are five different types of reserves, based on the length of time students are allowed to keep the item.  You can decide on the time frame, based on the type of assignment, how long it may take to use the reserved items, and how many copies of the item are on reserve.  Here are the check-out periods:

Period Restrictions Explanation Examples
1 hour Library use only Must be used in Library and returned within one hour
(at least 15 minutes before closing)
Out: Monday, 9:30 a.m.
Due: Monday, 10:30 a.m.
3 hour Library use only Must be used in Library and returned within three hours
(at least 15 minutes before closing)
Out: Monday, 9:30 a.m.
Due: Monday, 12:30 p.m.
1 day May leave Library May be checked out any time, but returned by closing
time the next day
Out: Monday, 9:30 a.m.
Due: Tuesday, 11:45 p.m.
3 day May leave Library

May be checked out any time, but  returned by closing
time on the 3rd day

Out: Monday, 9:30 a.m.
Due: Thursday, 11:45 p.m.
8 day May leave Library May be checked out any time, but returned by closing
time on the 8th day
Out: Monday, 9:30 a.m.
Due: Tuesday of the next
week, 11:45 p.m.

NOTE: For 3-day and 8-day checkout periods, the checkout day and any days when the library is closed will not be counted.

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