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Course Reserves


Instructors place items on reserve at the library to provide students with supplemental materials for coursework. Placement of materials on reserve ensures access to frequently used materials that include journal articles, book chapters, and items from personal collections.

Traditional Reserves

Traditional reserves include books, journal articles, DVDs, CDs and other pertinent materials to support classroom instruction. They are kept on the reserve shelf (behind the Circulation Desk), at the request of an instructor. Traditional items are expected to be in high demand, and therefore they have limited loan periods.

Loan Period Options

  • 2-Hour Library Use Only
  • Overnight
  • 1 Day
  • 2 Days
  • 3 Days

For assistance with traditional reserves, please contact the circulation desk at 570-674-6231, or email to

Placing Reserves

Course Reserves

Course reserves are books and other print and non-print items placed on the reserve shelf (behind the Circulation Desk) at the request of an instructor. Included are books, journal articles, class notes, DVDs, CDs, and other pertinent materials to support classroom instruction. Limited loan periods are set for these items so that access is maximized, and overdue fines are significantly higher than they are for the regular collection.

Form for Books & Audio-Visual Materials (pdf download)
Form for Journal Articles & Book Chapters (pdf download)

Fair Use (pdf download)

Permanent Reserves

Materials may be placed on permanent reserve if they are in compliance with copyright policy restrictions and the following guidelines:

  • They are owned by the library and are neither instructor- nor course-specific.

  • They are publications for which the university owns the copyright or holds copyright permission.
  • The instructor placing the item on reserve holds copyright ownership.

Removal Policy

Materials will be removed from reserves at the end of each semester and should by picked up by faculty as soon as possible after a course has been completed; library-owned materials will be returned to the collection.