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Last updated: 8/20/12

The Reserves is located on the first floor of the Robert L. Carothers Library & Learning Commons at the Circulation Desk. The Reserves Collection contains material designated by University faculty as high-use or required readings for specific courses. Items on Reserve for a course may include books, articles from periodicals, or special items loaned by faculty. A number of high-use items unrelated to specific courses are also located on Reserve. Learn more about our Electronic Reserves Service!
Through the Library’s E-Reserves service, reserve material can be made available online.
Attention Faculty and Instructors: Reserves forms are now available for downloading in .pdf format!

The Reserves collection is available during regular Library Hours.

Eligible borrowers
Anyone possessing a valid library card may borrow materials from the Reserves Collection. Borrowing privileges will be denied to anyone with an outstanding library bill.

Restrictions on use
Restrictions are determined by the faculty member who placed the material on Reserve or by the Library’s Reserves staff.

Library Use Only:
2 hour loan. Items may not be taken out of the Library.
Open Reserves:
Items may be taken out of the Library for periods ranging from one day to one week.

Borrowers are limited to two items at a time from the Reserves Collection.

How to request materials
Items on Reserve are listed in the HELIN library catalog. Items can be searched by course code, course title, and instructor. Materials on each list are arranged alphabetically by title. Step-by-step instructions on requesting materials on reserve or e-reserve can be found in the user guide “Accessing Reserve Material”.

Overdue items
The fine for overdue material is $1.00 per HOUR for Library Use Only Reserve items and $1.00 per DAY for Open Reserve items. Unpaid fines for overdue items will result in a suspension of borrowing privileges. An item overdue five days will be considered lost. The borrower will be billed for the average cost of an item plus a processing charge. Borrowing privileges are automatically suspended and sanctions will be applied by the registrar until the bill for the lost item(s) is settled. If an item is found and returned at a later time, a refund will be made for the price of the item with an overdue fine deducted.

Reserves List Request Form - Submission Instructions for Faculty
The Reserves List Request Form is a writable PDF. If you have Adobe's Acrobat X Professional software installed on your computer, fill out the form and save it to your desktop. You can then submit the completed form as an e-mail attachment to the e-mail below. If you do not have the software - proceed as you normally would: print the form and fill it out and submit it at the Circulation Desk. Thanks.

Contact information
The contact person for Reserves is Liz Smith. Liz can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at (401) 874-5855.

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