CirculationThe Reserve collection is located behind the Library Services Desk.

To help students succeed, faculty may place personal or library copies of required and recommended texts as well as audiovisuals, tests, short articles, and other items on reserve. This will:

  • provide access to books that are no longer in print or hard to find or exceptionally expensive.
  • ensure that no single student will be able to monopolize the library's only copy.
  • help ensure that students will always have access to a copy throughout the semester even if they lose theirs.

Reserve materials may be checked out with a valid ORU ID for a limited period specified by the faculty member. Checkout period options are: 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours, 1 day, 2 days, or 4 days. To reduce risk of loss of personal items, faculty may also specify that an item is limited to use in the library.

Students request items by giving the name of their professor and the name of the item they wish to check out. Items on Reserve can be searched in the ORU Library online catalog by opens new window professor name or the opens new windowtitle of the item.

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Reserves: Policies

Reserves Policies

Personal Materials

Personal copies of books, journals, audio, and videocassettes, etc., will be placed on reserve at the owner's risk. The Library assumes no responsibility in regards to lost or damaged items. Also, the owner should understand that the placing of materials on Reserve requires the attachment of necessary identification and circulation labels to those materials.

ORU - Owned Materials

Only materials that normally circulate may be placed on Reserve.

Photocopied Materials

Photocopies of articles, book chapters, or other materials will be accepted. It is the responsibility of the faculty member placing the item on reserve to ensure that the materials comply with copyright guidelines. For assistance in determining the copyright status of a work and/or fair use guidelines, see Copyright and You, Fair Use Guidelines, and TEACH Act.

Whenever possible, posting articles on D2L is the best option for convenience and copyright compliance. If this is not possible or practical, the library will endeavor to make necessary accommodations.

Placing Items on Reserve

Procedure For Placing Materials on Reserve

  1. Complete the Reserve Request Form. Forms are also available at the Library Services Desk.
  2. Bring the items to the Library Services Desk.
  3. Reserve items may take up to 24 hours to process and will be processed in the order in which they are received.
  4. Faculty members are encouraged to check processing status before telling students that items are on Reserve.

You will receive confirmation when item(s) are ready to check out.

Any questions? Contact your library liaison or the Library Services Assistant.