Print Reserves FAQ

How long does it take to process my request?

Please allow at least three weekdays at the beginning of the quarter. Make sure you contact the Course Reserves Supervisor for current turnaround times before submitting anything marked urgent.

What can I do to make it easier for my materials to be processed quickly?

Including as much information as possible is the best way to insure that we can process your materials quickly and efficiently.

  • Include your name, email and course number on the request form with each group of items.
  • Include a copy of your syllabus indicating in what order the materials will be needed by your students throughout the term.
  • Determine whether or not the library owns the materials you need by checking OSCAR prior to submitting your request.
What type of materials may be placed on reserve?

Most items from the Library's Main Stacks, Media, Periodicals and Government Documents areas as well as instructor owned books and media may be placed on reserve.

Can individual reproductions of readings be place on reserve?

Camino is the preferred medium of distribution for individual reproductions of readings.

Can books from other libraries go on reserve?

No, only items which belong to you or the University Library can be placed on reserve.

If the materials I want aren't owned by the Library, can I request that they be purchased?

If the title you require for reserve is not in the Library's collection and costs no more than $70.00, you may submit a Book Purchase Request Form. Please bear in mind that it can take several weeks to receive a title that is difficult to locate.

Where can I pick up my personal materials that are no longer needed for reserve?

Personal copies are usually kept in Course Reserves until you or your Research Assistant pick them up at the Circulation Desk. Special arrangements for pickup or delivery of these items should be made with the Course Reserves Supervisor (, 408-554-5240).

What is the best way to contact the Course Reserves Supervisor?

The Course Reserves Supervisor is scheduled Sunday - Thursday during regular hours (, 408-554-5240).

Who is responsible for making sure my course reserves comply with copyright law?

For information on copyright, fair use and electronic reserves, the University has produced the Copyright and the Electronic Reserve System tutorial.