Reserves FAQ for Instructors

Q: What can I put on Reserve?

A: Any physical item in the University Libraries' collection, or any item personally owned by the reserving party.


Q: When can I put something on Reserve?

A: Items can be placed on Reserve at any time during the semester.

Q: How long does it take for my material to be added to Reserve?

A: Normal Course Reserve processing times are: during the first two weeks of the semester, three business days (Monday-Friday) are needed for processing all reserve items. After the first two weeks of the semester, materials should only take about two business days to process. ALL material is processed on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Q: How do I put something on Reserve?

A: You may place items on Reserve using the Online Reserve Form.

Q: If a book from the Libraries’ collection is to be placed on Reserve, do I have to pull the book from the stacks myself?

A: No, as long as you fill out the online Reserve form, we will pull the item for you.

Q: How will I know when my material is on Reserve?

A: Reserve materials can be searched in the library catalog. To do this, access the Libraries’ website, then click on Course Reserves . Enter the instructor’s last name, or course name and click the appropriate button.


Q: How long will my students be able to check out Reserve items?

A: The loan periods for reserve items are either 3 hours or overnight, according to the preference of the course instructor.


Q: How will my students check out something on Reserve?

A: Students may search for reserves using Seymour Info. Additional information about searching is available on the Seymour Info User Guide.


Q: How many can they check out at one time?

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


Q: Can I put books from other Libraries on Reserve?

A: Only items owned by University Libraries may be placed on Reserve at Cook or the Gulf Coast Library. Interlibrary Loan guidelines prohibit the ability to place any other library’s book on our Reserve.

Q: What if the item I want to place on Reserve is checked out?

A: Contact the staff at the appropriate Reserve desk about recalling the item. Inform staff that the item is needed for Reserve and a recall will be placed immediately.