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Reserves Information for Faculty

Electronic Reserves

What are electronic reserves?

Electronic Reserves (E-Reserves) are linked in your Canvas course. E-Reserves may include:

  • eBooks
  • Streaming media
  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters

How do I put an item on e-reserve for my students?

  • For electronic items that Sprague Library owns (eBooks, articles, etc.), we encourage you to see if the full text is available from a library-owned resource and use persistent links to allow students to access those items within your Canvas Course. New eBooks can be requested for purchase by completing the Course Reserves Request form.
  • For subscription video collections you can access online, please browse the streaming video list located on the Library’s Database page.  A streaming audio list can also be found there. If you need to locate an individual streaming video or audio recording, we recommend that you search the Sprague Library Catalog. New streaming materials can be requested for purchase by completing the Course Reserves Request Form.
  • If you cannot find materials for your course in an electronic format, you can use the Ask a Librarian service and we will assist you in locating suitable materials in the Library’s collections of online resources.

Print Reserves

What are print reserves?

  • Print Reserves is a temporary collection of materials set apart from the rest of the Library’s collection for short term checkouts.
  • They are located behind the Access Services Desk in the lobby on the Main Level.
  • Print Materials on reserve may include:
    • Library books
    • Personal copies of books
    • Photocopied materials (e.g., course syllabi, lecture notes, problem sets, sample exams, study guides, etc.)

How long does it take?

  • If we have the book, two weeks.
  • If we don’t own the book, allow three months.

How do I place a print item on reserve for my students?

For a book the library owns
Search the  Sprague Library Catalog to see if the library owns the book.
Submit the online form Course Reserves Request Form.
Allow at least two two weeks for processing.
For books the library doesn’t own
Submit the online form Book Request Form. Submit orders at least three months before the assigned reading date.
Or, bring a personal copy to the Access Services Desk for processing. Allow at least two weeks for processing. (see Reserves Policy)
For photocopies (syllabi, lecture notes, etc.)
Bring to the Access Services Desk and allow at least two weeks for processing.

Multimedia Reserves

The Multimedia Reserves service is suspended during the current public health crisis (COVID-19). Some materials may be available as streaming media. Please check the online reserves catalog for more information.

What are multimedia reserves?

A multimedia item (DVD, video, etc.) in high demand that is circulated for a shorter time.

How do I place a multimedia item on reserve for my students?

For multimedia items the library owns
Search the  Sprague Library Catalog to see if the library owns the desired title.
Submit the Course Reserves Request form.
For multimedia items the library doesn’t own
Submit the Course Reserves Request form.
Or, bring a personal copy to the Multimedia Resources Desk to be placed on reserve for processing.