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Course Reserves | Library

Course Reserves

"Course Reserves" is a designation that the library applies to items in the collection that have been identified as being used in current KPU courses. This is usually done by request initiated from instructors.

When an item is labelled a 'Course Reserve,' the library applies a shorter borrowing period to the item. This is to help ensure that the most number of students have access to an item. Otherwise an item could be borrowed by one student the whole semester.

Course Reserves are shelved behind the Library Service Counter.  Ask Library Staff at the Service Counter to borrow.

Course Reserves for Students

Finding Course Reserves

Go to the Library Catalogue and click on the Course Reserves link.

  • Search by your instructor's name or by your course name and number (for example CRIM1234).
  • Give the title or reprint number to the Service Counter staff and they'll get it for you from behind the counter.


Borrowing Reserves

  • Loan periods vary by item
  • Course reserves can't be renewed
  • Holds aren't permitted

Course Reserves for Faculty

Instructors are encouraged to let the library know if an item in our collection is listed as a textbook or course reading for your class, and if you want it available to your students. When items are identified, they are given shorter loan periods and shelved at our Service Counters to help ensure equal access to the item.  

Timelines and Instructions for Placing Items on Course Reserve

During Peak periods, it may take 2 weeks for print materials to be added to the course reserve collection. 
Use our Step by Step instructions for placing items on reserve.

Placing Print Materials on the Reserve Shelf

Submit a Course Reserve Request Form.  Bring your materials to the library Service Counter and tell staff they are for placement on reserve.

Textbooks issued with restrictions such as instructor Edition or Instructor Review Copy cannot be placed on reserve. The work was provided free of charge solely for evaluation or pedagogical reasons.  For more information, see Copyright & You.

Linking to Full Text Articles

You can permanently link to specific articles in the library's research databases from your course web page and from the Library's Course Reserve Collection.

There are two options:

  1. Let the Library do it for you! Use our Link. Scan. Open. Service
    We'll provide the link for you to use in your Moodle site. 
  2. Manage the Link Yourself
    You can create own links to the articles in our research databases. The process for doing this varies between databases. How to create a link for various databases is in Moodle & Library Resources.

Linking to Scanned Material

PDFs can be placed on e-reserve in special circumstances, but Linking to library resources is preferred. If you have a circumstance requiring an e-reserve, please note the details in the “Additional Instructions” field in the Course reserves request form.

The material must be copyright free or copyright cleared.  For example:

  • You are the author/creator including class & lecture notes, sample tests, etc.
  • Copyright permission has been obtained from the author/creator.

Note: if you just need a portion of an book put on reserve, consider our Link. Scan. Open. Service.

Finding Course Reserves

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