Course Reserves FAQs

What are Course Reserves?

Reserves are materials required for coursework that are placed in specially designated areas within the library and given shortened loan periods. Course Reserves include library- and instructor-owned books, videos, audio recordings, and other relevant materials in support of classroom instruction.

Do you have copies of everything/for everyone?

Usually no. Putting materials on reserve for most courses requires the instructor to initiate the process, and we don't have space to maintain a copy for everyone. For most classes for which materials are on reserve, we have between 1 and 4 copies of the materials. The intent is for everyone to check out, use, and return, so the materials can be shared.

Where are the reserve collections?

The Course Reserves collections are at the Checkout & Information Desks in the following locations.

  • Design Library
  • Knight Library
  • Law Library
  • Math Library
  • Portland Library and Learning Commons
  • Science Library

How can I tell what is on reserve for a certain course?

Select the Course Reserves tab at the top of any library webpage and then search by either instructor's name or by course to find titles and call numbers of materials on reserve for your class.

What if you don't have the materials for my class?

Check with your instructor. Perhaps the content is available digitally, within Canvas, or perhaps they have not yet placed items on reserve.

I need to watch a reserve videotape/DVD and don't have a VCR/DVD player, where can I watch it?

There are four viewing stations in the Microforms area, near the Technology Help Desk on the first floor of Knight Library, three of which can play VHS tapes.

What are the charges for overdue reserve items?

Late fee: $3.00/hour

Lost: minimum $75 replacement charge plus $20 service charge plus any accrued late fees.

I'm teaching a class. How do I put materials on reserve?

See our page of Course Reserve information for faculty.


Design Library Reserves: Jennifer Bath, 541-346-2203
Knight Library Reserves: Carina Kelson, 541-346-8273
Law Library: Ben Farrell, 541-346-8271
Science/Math Libraries Reserves: Sam Galli 541-346-2664
Portland Library and Learning Commons Reserves: Paula Martin 503-412-3671