Library Research Guide
Course Reserves is a service by which an instructor places books, films (DVDs), and other materials at a campus library location for short term check out by their students. These may be instructor-owned materials or materials owned by the Libraries.
This service increases student access to course materials, whether or not they have the money to buy textbooks. Access to textbooks and other course materials increases a student's likelihood of staying enrolled and successfully finishing a class. See our infographic, "Open Alternative Textbook Initiative," at the end of this box for more information about the impact of textbook costs on K-State students.
In other situations, it is not reasonable to ask students to purchase their own copies of materials such as 20 children's books, 5 films, or industry standards, even if the content is important for students to study.
Check out our Course Reserves site linked below.
All material handled by staff or users will be quarantined for 72 hours*.
In past semesters, a textbook on Reserve might have been checked out multiple times in the same day (some even in the same hour). Now, there will be a 72 hour wait time between check outs, limiting the number of students who can use an item.
We also anticipate that more students in the fall 2020 semester will take K-State classes remotely or be unable to visit a library in person.
*Current research shows 72 hours is how long it takes for the corona virus to be undetectable on the pages inside a book.
But, to increase student access to course materials, you may want to consider other options. Take a look at the options under Alternatives to Traditional Textbooks.