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Course reserves for students

Faculty, please find instructions for submitting print, ereserve and video course reserve requests at placing course reserves.

Search for ebook, print and DVD reserves

Required readings are automatically placed on reserve. If your readings are listed as required on my.mtholyoke, they will be available as ebooks or physical copies will be placed on reserve for the semester and available for limited checkout at the Circulation Desk. More information about accessing your course reserves is below.

Ebook reserves

You can see which of your required readings are available as ebooks in the item call number. Please note that some ebooks have limitations on the number of people who can use the resource at the same time. When this is the case, LITS will also place a print copy on reserve at the Circulation Desk.

example of ebook reserve search result

All ebook reserves:

  • can be accessed through the library catalog.
  • may be used on or off campus.
  • do not accumulate late fees. Remember, some ebooks have limitations on the number of people who can use the resource at the same time. Please be mindful of this and close your tab or browser when you are finished so your classmates have access to needed course materials.

Print and DVD reserves

Give the call number to the person at the Circulation Desk, and we will retrieve the item for you. Please note that items may be on reserve at the Language & Culture Commons or Pratt Music Library.

All print and DVD reserves:

  • are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.
  • may be borrowed for 4 hours.
  • may be checked out one at a time, except for overnight loans. Four hours before closing, two reserve items may be checked out overnight. Complete an Overnight Reserve Form at the Circulation Desk on the day that you would like the item(s) to be held for you.
  • are not renewable, but may be checked out again if still available after a 30-minute waiting period. There is no waiting period when another copy is on reserve and available for checkout.
  • accumulate late fees at the rate of $5.00 for the first hour and $1.00 for every hour after that.

Please note that in addition to being available for checkout at the Circulation Desk, many video reserves can be found streaming on your Moodle course.

Ereserves and streaming video

PDFs of articles and streaming video for required course reading will be in your Moodle course.

To comply with the provisions of copyright law, materials in Moodle are only accessible to students registered in the course for the duration of the course.

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries are authorized to provide a reproduction. One of these conditions is that the reproduction not be used for any purpose other than “private study, scholarship or research.” If the distribution of reserve material is used for purposes in excess of what constitutes “fair use,” you may be liable for copyright infringement. Read more about copyright and fair use.