What are 'Textbooks on Reserve'?
Course Reserves are course-related materials (primarily textbooks) made available through the Santa Rosa Junior College Library. Instructors may ask the library to keep a copy of the class textbook in Course Reserves to ensure that their students have access to the material.
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If it is textbooks, why not just call it 'Textbooks'?
“Course Reserves” is a library term used in academic libraries. The books are “reserved” by the instructor for the students in their course or class. The term, “Reserve Desk,” is used on the sign above our desk at Doyle on the fourth floor. At Mahoney, course reserve materials are kept at the Circulation Desk.
What’s in it for you?
Sometimes, students can’t afford the textbooks they need. For students who can do their work at the library (since most Course Reserve books can’t leave the library) this option has been a real life-saver! If a student owns the text, but has forgotten it, they can use the textbook at Course Reserves.
If a student doesn’t like lugging around all of their textbooks every day, they can use the “Course Reserves” copy when they’re in the library. You get the idea…
Why doesn’t everyone use this service?
Some students like to buy all of their books, and highlight them. Since the books in Course Reserves are “shared” books, no highlighting is allowed. Also, most of the books have a check-out period of two hours and cannot leave the library. There are some students who, because of a job plus classes, can only study late at night or on weekends. While some of the books can check out overnight, that is not usually the case. Please check the library hours to see if it will work for you!
A 2-hour checkout doesn't seem very convenient...
Yes, we hear you, but please keep in mind, entire classes are sharing these books. Some of the texts, especially math books, are very popular. If any student is not done with the book they have checked out, they may bring it back to the desk and check it out for another two hours (as long as another student is not waiting for it.) This can even happen a second time, if need be. Please make good use of the copy centers in the library while you have the book.
Sounds too good to be true!
This is the hidden gem of an academic library! It is worth noting that borrowers at this desk must be enrolled students and must have their student ID card in order to check out materials from the Reserve Desk.
If a student keeps the book past the “time due,” that student is not allowing their classmates access to the book. Because these books are in high demand, the overdue fines are higher.
- two hour and four hour items: $1 per hour per item
- one day and three day items: $2.50 per day per item; maximum overdue fine is $150.00
- replacement cost for Reserve books/materials is $250.00
Reserve materials must be returned to the desk from which they were checked out.
Finding Course Reserves
Check the SRJC Library catalog: Search by instructor or course to see a list of the materials that your instructor has placed on reserve for your class. Write down the call number(s) for items you need and take them to the Reserve Desk.
If you need help finding the call number, stop by the Research Desk and we will help you find it. You may also stop by the “Reserve Desk” and ask. We are here to help!!
Current SRJC students, faculty, and staff members may borrow textbooks and other course materials from Course Reserves with a currently validated SRJC ID card.
Info For Faculty
Doyle Library Course Reserves
Mahoney Library Course Reserves
Reserves Request Form
Download this form and fill out the top part for each item you'd like to place on reserve. Bring it with your item(s) to the Reserve Desk at either campus library. If you wish to place personal copies of books or articles on reserve, your copy will be returned to you when they are taken off reserve.
Almost anything you'd like your students to read or use can be placed on reserve. Reserve items are given shorter borrowing periods so that everyone in your class gets a chance to use them. You determine the loan period when you place an item on reserve for your class. There are four options:
- Two hour - Library use only
- Four hour - May be taken out of the Library
- One day - Due in 24 hours
- Three day - Due in 72 hours
You can check Smart Search
to see if the library has the items you wish to reserve. If not, please check with the publisher first to see if they offer free copies to instructors. If the publisher is unable to provide a copy, you are welcome to contact the Acquisitions Department to see if copies can be ordered, or submit an online purchase request
Copyright Info for Reserves