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Course Reserves

For Students

The Reserve Collection is made up of books and materials set aside by professors to ensure student access throughout the academic semester. Books and materials in the Reserve Collection can only be consulted hourly, daily, or several times a week according to status and availability.

Reserve materials loan periods are 2 hours, 1 day, 3 days, or 2 hours/overnight as determined by your instructor. 

Ask for Reserve materials at the Circulation Desk.


For Faculty

Killam Library's Reserve service allows instructors to place books and articles on reserve for class use. Reserves may consist of required or recommended reading and help to ensure free access to books and materials that may otherwise be charged out, hard to locate, or out-of-print.

Please keep the following items in mind when placing Reserve Requests:
  • Faculty may place books, photocopies, and media on reserve in the library for students' use. 
  • Library materials may also be checked out and placed on reserve.
  • If you would like the Library to acquire an item(s) that will eventually become part of the permanent collection, your request will be routed to the Acquisitions Department for ordering, if funds are available.
  • Materials should be placed on reserve at least three days before their availability is announced to the students.
  • At the end of each semester, all materials on reserve will be returned to their owners or to the library collection as appropriate, unless the Circulation staff is notified to the contrary. Materials are not meant to be left on reserve in perpetuity.
  • Please keep in mind that the copyright law applies to books/materials placed on reserve (see below).
  • Items not owned by the Library or instructor, such as interlibrary loan, Netflix, etc., may not be placed on reserve as per copyright law.

Reserve requests can be made in person or via campus email.

Things to remember about copyright compliance: The Right of First Sale allows us to place any library or personally-owned book on Reserve. However, copyright law contains many controversial sections. Please refer to the Fair Use guidelines to determine what constitutes permissible copyright use.

*Questions regarding these policies should be referred to Malynda Dalton, Access Services Librarian mdalton@tamiu.edu or phone 956-326-2403.