The University of Alabama
The Importance of Reserves
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Instructions for placing items on course reserve.

Placing a book on reserve does several things:

  • Ensures that the item is available to all by keeping track of the borrower, limiting time to use the item, and shelving the item in a special location. This is especially important if we have limited numbers of books that will assist students with your assignment. It is your responsibility to know if we have adequate resources for your assignments. The best way to evaluate what may be appropriate for your assignment is to check with a librarian.
  • Keeps heavily used items protected from vandals and careless users since names are recorded when the item is used.
  • Ease of access is insured by the creation of a record for the Libraries' catalog. Students can look up their material by course number, instructor's name, etc., and determine whether or not the item has already been reserved by another student, and if so, when it is due back for checkout.

You may place library materials on reserve or include photocopies of articles, your personal resources, syllabi, -- anything you want your students to use.