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How do I find course reserves?

Instructions for students on how to locate items on reserve for a course.

What are Course Reserves?

Course reserves are high-demand resources assigned for a specific course.

Articles, book chapters, or essays on reserve are available electronically (E-Reserve).

Books, films, music or other items that are not available online are placed physically "on reserve" at the Library.  These items are available behind the Circulation Desk at the Library and are available on a short loan (2 hours, 4 hours, or sometimes 24 or 48 hours).

Finding Course Reserves For Your Class on Chalk

You can find course reserve materials for your class through Chalk. Step-by-step instructions can be found below.

    1. Log on to Chalk with your CNetID.

      Link to Library Course Reserves in Chalk
    2. Under "My Courses", select the course which has materials on reserve.

    3. Select the link for "Library Course Reserves" on the menu on the left side of your screen.

    4. The Course Reserves system will open in the main window of your course site. Your readings for this course should appear automatically.  If not, click on "Current Classes" on the menu on the left side of your screen.

    5. Reserve items are listed alphabetically by title. If you see a long list, you can use the "Find" feature in your browser to locate a specific item.

    6. Articles and essays on reserve are available online (e-reserve).  To open the document, click on "View Item" and then print, download or save.

    7. For books, music, films, or other items on reserve at the Library, click on "View Availability".  This will open the Library's catalog record for the item. Write down the call number for the item and take it to the circulation desk of the Library listed in the record.

      Course Reserves FAQs

      What are the policies for physical items on reserve at the Library?

      • Loan Periods: Usually 2, 4, or 24 hours, and fines accrue as soon as the item is late.
      • Check-Out Limits: You may only borrow 2 reserves items at a time (except for D'Angelo Law Library reserves).
      • Returns: You must return reserves items to the campus library where you borrowed them.
      • No Repeat Check-Outs: You must wait 20 minutes after returning a reserves item to borrow it again, unless an identical copy is currently available.
      • No Recalls or Renewals:  Reserves items are available on a first come, first serve basis.  You cannot renew or recall reserve items.

      Where can I check out course materials from?
      All campus libraries, with the exception of the Mansueto Library, have reserve collections.  Check the record for the item to see which campus library holds the reserve item you need.  The record will also let you know how long you can check out the item.

      What are the fines for returning course reserves late?
      View late fines for reserve items.

      My instructor said that an assigned reading is on reserve, but it is not showing on Chalk! How do I access the item?
      Contact Library Course Reserves for assistance. We can check to see if the item is in process.  If not, you may need to speak to your instructor.

      How can I find out when reserve items become available?
      Subscribe for e-mail alerts under "Class Details".

      I'm auditing a class, but I cannot access the Chalk course site.  How do I access reserve items for the course?
      You must contact the instructor and ask to be added to the Chalk site for the course.  Once you are added, you will be able to access course reserve items.

      Why can't I access the reserve readings from my course from last quarter?
      Due to copyright, we need to remove items on reserve after the course is completed.  If you remember the reading, Ask a Librarian.  We may be able to find another version of the item for you.

      What are permanent reserves and how do I find them?

      The Library keeps some books or other print items on reserve year-round, even when they are not requested for a course. The physical reserves policies above apply to permanent reserves. Permanent reserves items are not associated to a course, and must be located by searching the Library Catalog. Crerar Library also maintains a list of Core Science Texts on Permanent Reserve, organized by subject. Eckhart Library maintains a similar list of items on Permanent Reserve at Eckhart.

      For Instructors and TAs

      For information on placing items on reserve for a course your teaching, please visit our guide:

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