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Course Reserves

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What Are Course Reserves?

Our course reserve collection includes books, articles, videos, and music that have been given shorter loan periods as designated by professors for use in specific courses. The course reserve collection is for classes that are currently being taught and is designed to give students better access to texts and videos that can assist them in those classes.

How Long Can I Borrow Course Reserve Items?

Our Course reserve collection includes books, articles, videos, and music that have been given shorter loan periods as designated by professors for use in specific courses. These loan periods are:

2 Hour (Library Use Only) - these materials circulate for 2 hours and may not pass the security gate at the entrance to the main part of the library. This loan period is only available for Faculty Owned reserves (if requested) and any other items that the library deems appropriate.

2 Hour - these materials circulate for 2 hours but have no location based usage restrictions. 

1 Day - the materials are due at the time the library closes on the day specified. 

3 Days - the materials are due at the time the library closes on the day specified. 

7 Days - the materials are due at the time the library closes on the day specified.

Viewing and Accessing Course Reserves:

  • Click on "Course Reserves" from the OPAL CATALOG
  • Choose to search by Professor (last name first) or by Course (ie. INST 2001)
  • If more than one course is listed for a professor, click on the appropriate course.

Professors: How Do I Place Items on Course Reserve?

Professors may place current library materials or personal copies of material on reserve. Please note that requests submitted Sunday-Thursday take up to 48 hours to pull and process, those requests submitted Friday-Saturday can take up to 72 hours. Please plan accordingly.
 
To submit your request online, please click here.

The Courtright Memorial Library would prefer to place library owned copies on course reserve, please contact our Technical Services Coordinator, Elizabeth Zeitz (614.823.1938), if you would like the library to purchase material for use in your course. In addition, any item that has been discarded from our collection may not be placed on course reserve unless no alternative is available, again, please work with Elizabeth Zeitz in that regard.

Removing Items from Course Reserve

At the end of each term Circulation Supervisors will reach out to all professors with items currently in our course reserve collection to determine if the items are needed again for the following term. Items needed for the following term will be left on reserve.  Items not needed in the next term will be removed from reserve; those items owned by faculty will be returned to them or their department’s administrative assistant and library owned items will be returned to the main collection.
 
If faculty wish to remove items from course reserve before the end of the academic term please submit that request via email to circ@otterbein.edu and a Circulation Supervisor will process that request and email you within 48 hours with pick up instructions.

The Courtright Memorial Library also reserves the right to remove items from course reserve if the item has not been utilized for more than 2 years while on reserve.  Items removed from reserve will be placed back in our public collection as Local Circulation Only and thus will only be accessible to the Otterbein community.

Note Regarding Copyright

It is the responsibility of the faculty member to ensure that all materials placed on reserve comply with the educational fair use provisions of US Copyright Law.  If you have questions about whether or not your items qualify, please reach out to Allen Reichert (614.823.1164 or PReicher@otterbein.edu).

Questions about our Course Reserve Collection?

Contact a Circulation Supervisor by calling (614) 823-1215 or emailing circ@otterbein.edu

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