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Reserve Materials

Types of Materials | Procedures for Placing Items on Reserve
Lead Time Required for Processing Items | Reserve Collection Circulation Policy 

Materials are placed on Reserve by faculty members for specific classes in order to allow a larger number of students to use a limited number of materials.

Types of Materials: The following types of materials are appropriate for Reserve at the Roberts – LaForge Library Reserve Desk.

  • Books from the circulating collections of Roberts – LaForge Library and the Instructional Resources Center (IRC).
  • Personal copies of books, class notes and sample tests.
  • Photocopies of materials (journal articles and excerpts from books) that are in compliance with the Copyright Act.
  • Reference material, with the permission of the Reference Department Librarians.
  • Government Documents, with the permission of the Government Documents Librarian.

Please note: Audiovisual materials (videotapes, long playing records, CD-ROMs) that are housed in the Instructional Resources Center must be places on Reserve in the IRC since equipment for listening/viewing is available only in this location.

Procedures for Placing Items on Reserve: If you wish to place items for your class on Reserve, please bring the item(s) to the Circulation Department. The appropriate form(s) for placing items on Reserve must be completed. These forms are available here in PDF format to print out. To view the PDF files, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download it for free. You may pick up blank forms at the Circulation Department as well.

  1. If you are placing photocopied material on Reserve, fill out: Reserve Material Subject to Copyright Law (Photocopies) form and the bottom part of the Reserve Items form.


  2. If you are placing library books or personal copies of books on Reserve, fill out only the bottom part of the Reserves Items form.

Lead-time Required for Processing Items: We ask that you give us a minimum of 48 hours to process your Reserve material before making it a class assignment. This time is necessary for us to physically process the material so that it can be checked out from the Reserve Desk, located in Circulation. Because the Circulation Department is extremely busy at the beginning of each semester, please bring us your Reserve material as soon as possible to insure that the material is ready when the students ask for it.

Reserve Collection Circulation Policy: A current Delta State University identification card is necessary to check out materials on Reserve. Materials that are a part of this collection are checked out for a two (2) hour time limit and must be used within the library. Fines are charged for overdue items in the amount of fifty (50) cents per hour, per item.


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