Answered By: Darcy Gervasio
Last Updated: Jun 22, 2018     Views: 652

Professors can choose to place books, DVDsCDs, or other course materials on physical reserve at the Library. Items on reserve are housed at the Circulation Desk and can be checked out for short loan periods.

The Library does not have physical copies of articles on reserve. Articles, ebooks, and other online readings will be in your Moodle course.

To see if an item is physically on reserve in the Library:

1) Check if your professor has placed the book/film/CD on course reserve.

a) Go into the Moodle course for your class and look in the sidebar for the "Library Reserves" Block.

Moodle "library reserves" block.

b) Click on the title of the book/film/CD to view the call number.

c) Bring the call number to the Circulation Desk to check out the item.

Library item information.

d) If you do not see anything listed in the Library Reserves block it may be because...

  • your professor has not placed any materials on reserve 
  • the item is still being processed by library staff and will appear in Moodle once it becomes available to students.

2) Check the Purchase College Catalog to see if we own a copy of the item.

Even if the item is not listed in your course Moodle, Purchase College Library may still own a copy. Search the Main Catalog to see if our Library owns a copy. If the item's call number begins with "Reserves--Circulation Desk," that means this item is on Course Reserve and you can check it out by bringing the call number to the Circulation Desk.

From the Library catalog, you can also see other libraries that own the item. You may request items that Purchase College Library does not own by clicking "Request It" and placing a request for the item through Interlibrary Loan. Note that most of our partner libraries will only lend the items for 2-4 weeks, often with one renewal allowed. If you need the book for the entire semester, you should explore other options like purchasing or renting it from the bookstore.

Keep in mind: Purchase College Library does not own every textbook for every class. However, we will do our best to help you access the resources you need.

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