Like most academic libraries, Milner offers a free service for instructors to place physical course materials (like textbooks) on reserve. We also offer a free service for electronic reserves, where--depending on copyright limitations--we will place shorter readings and links to licensed electronic resources in your course ReggieNet sites for you.
Items that can be placed on course reserve include most books in Milner's collection, personal copies provided by faculty, and physical media.
Students can check out these books for two hours at a time, and they can only use them in the building. To do this, they can ask for the book by title at the circulation desk. Faculty and students can also search online to find out which books are on course reserve for which classes,= through the library's website.
For large classes using a physical textbook, it can be helpful to have multiple copies on reserve.
We do not purchase textbooks for all classes, but if you feel strongly that the library should have a copy of the textbook in the collection, you can talk to your subject librarian about buying a copy.
The library will locate/acquire/create and then post electronic files/links to your course ReggieNet site. One of the biggest benefits this service provides for faculty is the labor--we do the scanning, we request the article from interlibrary loan, we find the full text or the video in a library database and post the link in your ReggieNet site. There are limitations to the service, so please read all the information in this section carefully, or ask questions if something isn't clear.
The library has an online form that you can fill out to place items on reserve.
You can also fill out a form in person and drop off your physical items at the circulation desk whenever the library is open.
Requests are processed in the order in which they are received. Allow up to two weeks for library staff to process your reserves, especially if you have a large number of items. Many instructors use course reserves so staff receive a high number of requests prior to the start of each semester. Additionally, books are sometimes checked out and need to be recalled, and it takes time to verify copyright permissions and scan items.
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