Course Reserves

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Class Name and Number
(e.g. Chemistry 050 or CHEM 050)

Instructor Name Search
(Instructor's last name)

Course Reserves FAQs

The course reserves collection contains textbooks, videos, and other high-demand items not available online that instructors arrange for students to borrow from the library. Complete Course Reserves Policy.

For Students

For Faculty


For Students

Is every textbook on course reserve?

No. Many instructors do not put textbooks on course reserve.

How do I find course reserves?

Search the library catalog for your class number (to find Pre-Algebra reserves, type in "Math 030") or by your instructor's last name. Ask for help at the Check Out Desk.

How long can I keep course reserves?

Most course reserves are three hours and cannot leave the library. You must wait at least one hour before checking them out again. In-library-use course reserves cannot be checked out 15 minutes prior to the library's closing.

Overnight, three-day, or one-week course reserves can be taken home.

How many course reserves can I have at one time?

Two course reserves.

What if my textbook is not on course reserve?

Ask your instructor or department to send the library a textbook to put on course reserve.

Do I need a library card?

Yes. Ask at the Check Out Desk.

Do you charge fines for overdue course reserve items?

Yes. The library collects overdue fines: $5/hr for in-library-use items, $15 for items that leave the building.

For Faculty

I'm an instructor,what do I need to know about placing items on course reserve?

Instructors may submit their personal or department-owned items, or request items from the library's collection to be placed in the course reserves collection. More information at  Course Reserves - Instructors.

Can I get help linking to course reserve items through my Canvas shell?

Instructors may receive assistance scanning and uploading electronic materials, or obtaining persistent links to library database articles. It is not necessary to print and scan articles from library databases. Library staff may ask you to grant permission to access Canvas or other course modules. For more information, contact Course Reserves Technician, Wendy Clark, 360-992-2553.

Note: All course pages are password protected. Course pages may be accessed by students and instructors by logging into their individual online course accounts. Questions about online course account access and passwords should be directed to eLearning (360-992-2654).

What kind of items are kept on course reserve?

High demand items that are essential or required for various classes and are not available in an online (electronic) format.