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Course Reserves: Information for Students

Searching for Course Reserves

Searching the TTU Libraries’ catalog for items on Course Reserve will allow you to determine if a print resource is available and access electronic resources. To search for Course Reserves, you will need to:

  • Navigate to the TTU Libraries’ homepage
  • Click on the “Course Reserves” tab above the search bar
  • Search using the course code (example: ENGL 2311) or faculty/instructor name
  • If you are looking for a specific resource on reserve, you may also search by the title of the resource

Using Course Reserves

Print Course Reserves materials are available at the TTU Main Library. To check out print Course Reserves materials, you will need to:

  • Be sure to bring your Texas Tech University ID to the library with you (we cannot check out materials to you without it)
  • Go to any of the service desks on the ground floor of the library (East Desk, West Desk, and Document Delivery)
  • Inform library personnel that you would like to use an item on reserve and tell them the course code (example: PSY 4324) and the title of the item you wish to check out

Library personnel will check the book out to your library account. Be sure to make note of the checkout period and return Course Reserves materials to a service desk on time. Fees are incurred for late materials.

Please be aware that some Course Reserves materials are restricted to in-library use only and cannot be taken out of the library.

 

Electronic materials on Course Reserves are available online throughout the duration of a course and can be accessed by searching the TTU Libraries’ catalog. To access electronic materials on reserve, you will need to:

  • Navigate to the TTU Libraries’ homepage
  • Click on the “Course Reserves” tab above the search bar
  • Search using the course code (example: ENGL 2311) or faculty/instructor name
  • Click the title of the desired resource to display more information
  • Click on “view full text”

The electronic resource will open as a PDF or webpage in a new window. You may download the material or read it online.

You may also navigate directly to a resource from the search results page by clicking on the “Online access” link below the resource’s citation information.

Checkout Policies

Checkout policies for print materials will vary by course, faculty/instructor, and item. Faculty and instructors determine how long items can be checked out to a student and if the materials can be used outside of the library. A label placed on the front cover of each book includes the checkout policy for that particular item. Examples of checkout policies for print materials include:

  • 2 hour loan
  • 4 hour loan
  • 24 hour loan
  • 3 day loan
  • 1 week loan
  • Library Use Only (Items designated as Library Use Only may not leave the library under any circumstances)

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I go to check out materials on reserve?

You can visit any of the service desks on the ground floor of the TTU Main Library (East Desk, West Desk, and Document Delivery). Let library personnel know that you would like to check out an item on reserve and provide the course number (example: PSY 4324). Be sure to bring your TTU ID!

I checked out a book that is on Course Reserves and I’m finished using it. Where should I return it?

Please return all Course Reserves items to one of the service desks on the ground floor of the TTU Main Library (East Desk, West Desk, and Document Delivery).

How long can I keep a book that’s on reserve?

It depends on the book and your professor. Faculty/instructors determine the checkout periods for materials they have requested be placed on reserve. Please be aware that you will incur fines if you do not return Course Reserves materials on time. If you would like to know how long you can check out a specific book before you come to the library, feel free to give us a call at 806-742-2159.

Can I take Course Reserves materials home with me?

It depends on the book and your professor. When faculty/instructors place Course Reserves requests, they have the option to restrict the use of reserves materials to the library. If the label on the cover of the book states “LIBRARY USE ONLY,” you may not take the book out of the library.

My professor(s) said they placed a Course Reserves request, but I can’t find the book when I search under the Course Reserves tab and the library staff at the circulation desk said it isn’t in the catalog. What’s going on?

Sometimes the library does not own items that faculty and instructors have requested for Course Reserves and the library must order them. If the book you need isn’t in the catalog, it is most likely on order. Once the book arrives and is processed, it will be made available. If you would like to check to see if your professor has made a request or if an item has been ordered for Course Reserves, feel free to give us a call at 806-742-2159 or email us at libraries.reserve@ttu.edu.

I am a student and I heard that the library purchases books for Course Reserves. Can I place a request for a textbook?

No. Only faculty and instructors can place Course Reserves requests. You may ask your professor if s/he would consider using Course Reserves, but we cannot process student requests.

How long will I be able to access electronic materials on reserve?

Electronic materials are available throughout the duration of a course.

Copyright Notice

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.