Course reserves are books, articles, DVDs, and other types of items that your professors have made available for you and your classmates to share for use in your courses.
There are two types of reserves: physical and electronic. Physical reserves are available at the Library Service Desk in the Guerrieri Academic Commons. These items circulate for a short time and usually must be used in the library. This lets a class share a resource so you all don't have to buy your own copies. "Electronic reserves" are simply online readings posted by your instructor on your course's MyClasses page. Copies of some, but not all, required textbooks are available for short-term use in the library. (Most of these are personal copies on loan from your professors. If a textbook for your class is NOT on reserve, it doesn't hurt to ask your professor if he or she has an extra copy that could be loaned or donated to the library to use as a course reserve.)
Please understand that we do not have the staff to offer a "scanning service" and we can't possibly scan all of our reserves. We are prioritizing our efforts to help alleviate the financial burden of the most students possible.
Highest priority items are: primary, required textbooks, that are used in high-enrollment classes; expensive items that are likely to present a true barrier to student access; books that are not widely available on the used book market, and not available at reasonable prices as ebooks. We have already identified and scanned 34 books for Fall 2020, and we are taking requests for Spring 2021!Please email Cassy Lewis and/or Amy Jones directly if you are interested in us scanning a book (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com)! Faculty, if you only need a short excerpt from a course reserve to post on MyClasses, reach out to us by filling out this Google form. We might be able to assist in scanning limited fair-use excerpts.
Just come up to the Library Service Desk, and tell a staff person that you would like to check out a Course Reserve. You will need your Gull Card (or your barcode app). If you can provide the Shelf Name and Number of the item you want, the staff person can quickly retrieve the item from the back and check it out to you. You can find this "location" information in our searchable Reserves catalog, to the right of the item's title.
We can also assist you when you come up to the desk with looking up the item in our Course Reserves system catalog on a service desk computer -- you will need to know the item's title, your professor's name, or your course number. You must have your Gull Card (or the SU Gull Card Barcode app) to check out anything at the library.
Usually DVDs being used in courses have a 3-Hour checkout period, and can NOT be taken out of the building. When you check out the DVD, you can also check out an external DVD player and headphones, and watch the film on any computer in the GAC. Check out a laptop and find a comfortable couch or chair in the library, or watch the film on one the large screens in a reservable study room.
We use the term "E-reserves" to describe any files that you access online for a class -- these can be book chapters, journal articles, or any digital material that your professor wants to make available to you, in SU's case, through posting on MyClasses course pages. Your professor will post course material or "E-reserves" on your course's MyClasses Canvas page. Some articles might be accessible through the library's databases -- your professor might provide a link to these articles on MyClasses, or might ask that you use the library's databases directly to get research experience. You can print or download most of these files for offline reading -- you are allotted 300 pages of campus prints per week.