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Reserves FAQ for Students on the Hattiesburg Campus

Q: Where do I get something from Reserves?

A: Reserve items are located at:

  • The Circulation/Reserves Desk on the first floor of Cook Library
  • The Reading Room on the second floor of Cook Library

To find out where your Reserve is located, please visit the Reserve Desk or follow the instructions below.

Q: How do I look up Reserves?

A: You may look up the Reserve call number at the computer located at the Cook Library Reserve Desk, or online, following these instructions:

  • Go to www.lib.usm.edu.
  • Click on 'Library Catalog.'
  • Click on Reserve Desk.
  • Type in instructor’s last name.
  • Click instructor button.
  • Click on your instructor’s name from the list.
  • Click on your course number.
  • Find the item you need (listed alphabetically).
  • Write down the Reserve call number (if the item is an e-Reserve (ERES), access it by clicking on the URL button.)
  • If the item is not an e-Reserve, bring the Reserve (RES) call number to the staff to check out the item.

Q: What do I need to check out a Reserve?

A: Patrons need their University of Southern Mississippi ID (valid).

Q: How long can I check out a Reserve?

A: Loan periods for Reserves are chosen by each instructor when the item is placed on reserve. Items may be 7-day, 3-day, overnight, or 3-hour reserves.

Q: Why can’t it be a longer period?

A: Typically, several people need to access these selected items at the same time for specific classes.

Q: If I am not finished with it, can I check the item out again?

A: In order to give other patrons the opportunity to check out that Reserve item, patrons must wait 30 minutes after they check an item in before they attempt to check it out again, unless there is another copy of that item. If there is another copy, the 30-minute waiting period is not required.

Q: How many Reserves may I check out at one time?

A: Two Reserve items may be checked out at one time.

Q: Why can’t I check out more?

A: Reserve item check-out is limited to two items so that one person doesn’t dominate the use of items needed by several people during the same time period.

Q: How do I access an E-Reserve?

A: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. This is a free program from www.adobe.com. You will also be prompted for your University of Southern Mississippi CampusID/Empl (w######) login and password.

Look up the E-Reserve online, following these instructions:

  • Go to www.lib.usm.edu.
  • In the QUICK LINKS (on the left side menu), click on Reserves.
  • Type in instructor’s last name.
  • Click instructor button.
  • Click on your instructor’s name from the list.
  • Click on your course number.
  • Find the item you need (listed alphabetically).
  • Click on the URL button located to the left of the item.
  • If accessing off campus, enter your Campus ID/Empl (w######) login and password to access the E-Reserve.

Hint: Large documents will take time to download, depending upon your connection speed -- sometimes up to 5 minutes for a fast connection, or much longer for a modem connection. If you do not allow the reserve to download completely, you will only retrieve or download part of the document, so be careful to let the download complete.

If you have any questions about E-Reserves, please contact the Circulation Desk at 601.266.4250.

Q: How can I tell if my Reserve is an E-Reserve?

A: The call number will always have the initials ERES (which is an abbreviation for E-Reserve) and the number following these initials will always be a five-digit number.

 
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