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Faculty Guide to Library Resources: Course Reserves

This guide is for CSM faculty who want learn more about using library resources in their online and in-person classes and instruction.

College Reserves

To improve student access to supplementary material or materials with limited availability, the Library maintains the College Reserves Collection.  The College Reserves Program helps students by enabling instructors to place copies of textbooks, past exams, quizzes, solution manuals, article reprints, etc., in a restricted access collection held behind the circulation desk.  Borrowing limits for these materials are set by classroom instructors.

The Library encourages faculty to request copies of textbooks from publishers for the Library's College Reserves Collection. To learn more about placing materials "on reserve," please contact the Loan Desk at ext. 6548 or email  Please use this form to request to put materials on reserve.  Bring your item(s) and a completed Reserves Request form to the Circulation/College Reserves Desk near the entrance of the library.

Benefits to participating in course reserves

  • Students always have access to course materials
  • No more late assignments because of shipping delays from online booksellers or because a student can't afford the textbook
  • Increases student satisfaction
  • Instructors can manage access to materials by selecting a loan period they are comfortable with -- 2 hours, 1 day, or longer