Placing Items on Reserve
Any UNO faculty member who is currently teaching a class or will be teaching a class the following semester is eligible to place items in the Reserve Collection. Authorized faculty library assistants may conduct Reserve Collection business on behalf of their faculty sponsors.
To place items in the Physical Reserve Collection for class reading assignments, eligible faculty members must complete a Physical Reserves Request Form, which identifies the items, the length of
- 2 hours: library use only
- 4 hours: outside library use
- 1, 3, and 7 days
To place items in the Electronic Reserve Collection for class reading assignments, eligible faculty members must complete an Electronic Reserves Request Form.
Faculty members should, as a minimum, allow two working weekdays for requested reserve items to be processed and available to students.
Book and Media items not owned by the library may be requested for purchase. Those items will be ordered on a rush basis, but it may still take up to two weeks to arrive and placed on reserve, so plan accordingly.
The Reserve Collection will operate within the approved guidelines for educational use of copyrighted materials.
In consideration of limited space, circulation of items, and copyright concerns, the Access Services Librarian and the Director of Public Services will consider for removal items that are not required for current classes and experience little use.
Syllabus and Statement of Use
A course syllabus be supplied along with the Reserve Request form. This satisfies the following reasons:
- Philosophy of Reserve: Intended to be for high-use items and items required for class. not to be used for "safe-keeping" or storage of library or personal materials.
- Copyright Clearance Fee: The library pays the fees associated with placing copyrighted articles and text excerpts on reserve. In order to have the library subsidize professors' copyright fees, we require that the items are required readings.
- Processing Priority: Particularly at the beginning of the semester, when reserve requests are at high volume, priority can be given to ensure they are available.
A Reserve Statement of Use may be submitted instead of a syllabus when:
- A class syllabus is incomplete
- There is concern about sharing a syllabus with the library
- A faculty member's personal copy is being put on reserve
To place an item in the Reserve Collection for any other reason, faculty members should contact the Director of Public Services.
Requests submitted with a syllabus are processed before those with a Reserve Statement of Use.
Using personal copies for reserve:
It is library policy to mark all personal copies placed in the reserve collection with barcodes, call numbers, and other markers. This ensures that item can be tracked in our circulation system and kept track of for shelving. Faculty members who do not want their personal copies targeted need to inform the Reserve Assistant.
These items may not be placed on reserve:
- Interlibrary Loan items
- Reference Collection (unless approved by a Subject Librarian)
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