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Media Collection & Desk in the David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons

For Students

Checking Out an Item on Reserve

1. Search for your course using course code (e.g. FILM 165E)

2. Find the item you need and bring the call number ( e.g. DVD 9539) to the media desk

3. Don't forget your student ID for checkout!

Search for Reserves Here

Search for course materials by course code, instructor, or title...


For Instructors

Placing Library Owned Items on Reserve 

  • Fill out the respective linked forms below. Please include library call numbers and desired loan periods for each item. 
  • We recommend shorter loan periods for larger classes to maximize access for all students in course. 
  • Reserves can purchase 1 copy of items not currently owned by library. Please include ISBN or ASIN.
  • Purchases for Film and Digital media please refer to your contact Dana Rohlf. 
  • Due to copyright restrictions, the Media Reserves Team is not able to put items owned by other institutions on reserve at our institution.


Placing Personal Items on Reserve

Reserves will accept instructors' personal items for reserves under the following conditions:

  • Media items must be in a format that the Media Desk supports: DVD (any region), DVD-R, VHS (NTSC, PAL), VCD, Laserdisc, CD, audiocassette, phonographic record, print.
  • Items must be legitimate copies: no off-the-air recordings, dubs, or 'ripped' content.
  • Items must be free of Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.
  • The University Library is not responsible for lost or damaged personal items placed on reserves.

If you wish to place a personal item on reserves, please contact the Reserves staff at for media and for books.

Reserves will be processed within 3 working days.

Media Reserves Request Form

Book Reserves Request Form

Media Bookings

Instructors may use our booking service to ensure that an item in our collection is available for use on a specific date. For the most reliable results, we suggest that you place booking requests at least one week in advance of need.

  • A booked item may not be checked out or renewed by another patron if the circulation period would overlap with booking dates. 
  • If you book an item at the last minute and that item is already checked out, we cannot guarantee our ability to honor your booking. 
  • If another instructor has booked an item on the day you need it before you book it, we will not be able to honor your booking request. 
  • If you are planning on having Teaching Assistants pick up films for you to use in class, please set up a Proxy Account for them.

To book an item, please email us at with the subject line "Media Booking" and provide the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Contact information (phone number, alternate email)
  3. Call number(s) and title(s) of item(s)
  4. Date you wish to book the item(s)
  5. How long you need the item(s)

Note: Booked items that are on reserve for another class may only circulate for 1-2 days.

Instructional resources, including textbooks and course readers, have become increasingly costly and act as a barrier to student success. UCSC Course Reserves supports our students by providing free access to these materials.