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Teaching and Learning with the Libraries

Library instruction, services, and resources of interest to faculty and instructors.

Library Research Guide

Reserves Overview

What is Course Reserves?

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.

Why use Course Reserves?

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.

Where can I learn more about Course Reserves, including how to place items on reserve?

Check out our Course Reserves site linked below.

Changes to Reserves

What is different about Course Reserves in Fall 2020?

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.

Should I still put items on reserve?


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.