University Library

Course Reserves

Contact Us

By E-Mail: bookreserves@ucsc.edu

By Phone: 
McHenry Library Reserves 
(831) 459-5344

Science & Engineering Library Reserves
(831) 459-2865

 

What Your Students See When They Look Up Your Reserves List

Cruzcat Catalog search for reserves

 

General Information

Please submit your reserves request three weeks before classes begin to allow sufficient time to process materials, and to purchase titles not owned by the library. Visit the UCSC calendars page for more information on academic dates.

To ensure Reserves materials are available to students by the beginning of classes, Course Reserves lists must be received by:

  • March 13, 2017 for Spring Quarter 2017
  • June 5, 2017 for Summer Session I 2017
  • July 10, 2017 for Summer Session II 2017
  • September 5, 2017 for Fall Quarter 2017

How to Submit a Request

To submit a request for book reserves at both McHenry and the Science & Engineering Library, please use our online Book Reserves request form.

You can also submit your requests in person at either library, using our printable form (at the bottom of this box) or by picking up a form at the Circulation Desk.

For media reserves, please use the Media Reserves request form.

Loan Periods

Reserve items can go out on one of the following three loan periods:

  • 2-hour
  • 24-hour
  • 72-hour

For larger classes, we encourage instructors to utilize the 2-hour loan period, as it maximizes the number of students who will be able to gain access to the material. If an item is requested for more than one course reserves list, it will automatically be listed under the shorter loan rule requested.

Types of Reserve Materials

Items commonly placed on Reserves at the Circulation/Reserves desk include, but are not limited to:

  • textbooks and other monographs
  • lab keys
  • homework/solutions
  • book chapters
  • journal articles
  • music scores

Other items such as videos, DVDs, and CDs can be made available via the Media Center in McHenry Library.

Placing Personal Copies on Reserve

The library accepts personal copies of books and other materials for reserves. Instructors are cautioned to make this decision with care as items may be lost or damaged by borrowers. The reserves staff will use tape on the spine and front of the book in order to label it for library lending. Unless requested to be placed on permanent reserve, personal items will be returned through campus mail at the end of the quarter.

Permanent Reserves

Items can be placed on permanent reserve as long as they are on reserve for a course that is taught 2 or more times per academic year. The Reserves unit will review this collection every 2-3 years to ensure that it is current and still being used. For more specific information about permanent reserves, please email the reserves unit at bookreserves@ucsc.edu.

Placing Electronic Books on Reserve

As long as the University Library owns access to an e-book, it can be added to a Course Reserves list. Putting an e-book on a reserve list does not limit the check out period of the digital title (as with physical copies on reserve), but allows students of that class a simple and straightforward method of finding the title. 

For more information on the University Library's collection of e-books, please visit the E-Books at UCSC page.

eCommons / Canvas

The University Library does not offer an electronic reserves service. To make PDFs and other digital items available to your students, please refer to the University's eCommons page or to the Canvas page, as UCSC is transitioning from eCommons to Canvas during the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Copyright Law and Course Reserves

The University Library Reserves service is in compliance with UC Copyright Guidelines for Fair Use guidelines. Any materials submitted that are not in compliance will not be placed on reserve and will be returned to the instructor.