Course Reserve

The purpose of placing library materials on Course Reserve is to meet the needs of a large number of students assigned specific readings of the same library materials.The Course Reserve collection is located behind the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Peterson Library. For additional information about Course Reserve please ask at the Circulation Desk or call 203-932-7197.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I search for items on Course Reserve?

    To search for items on Course Reserve go to the library's homepage /library and select "Library Catalog". Click on the tab that reads "Course Reserve". You can search by instructor's name, department, or by course. Write down the name of the item and the call number and give it to the Circulation staff. The Circulation staff will retrieve the item for you and inform you of the load period and other special conditions.

  • How long can I keep Course Reserve items?

    The instructor of the course can put several types of items on course reserve including library materials, photocopies, or their own personal items. The instructor will determine how long the item can be loaned and if it can leave the library. A Course Reserve item could have one of the following designations:


    CLOSED: Use is restricted to use in the library. ONLY the faculty member who places a title on a Closed Reserve may remove it from this category or charge it out of the library while it is on Closed Reserve.


    OVERNIGHT: To be used in the library until 4:00 p.m. After 4:00 p.m., a title in this category may be charged out until one hour after the library opens the following day (i.e., until 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; 10:00 a.m. Saturday; 3:00 p.m. Sunday).


    2-5 DAY: To be used in the library until 4:00 p.m. After this time, an item in this category may be charged out for 2-5 days (as specified by the instructor). A student will have until the library closes on the Due Date to return the item (i.e., a student charging out a 4-day Course Reserve at 4:00 p.m. Sunday will have until 11:00 p.m. Thursday to return the material).


    ONE WEEK: This material circulates for one week. It can be checked out at any time.


    The Circulation Desk staff will explain these terms to you when you check out the item. Please ask at the Circulation Desk for further information.

  • My professor put a DVD player on Course Reserve. I don't have a DVD player, how can I watch it?

    Professors often put DVDs and videocassettes on Course Reserve for their students to view. Every computer in the library is equipped with a DVD drive. You can bring your own headphones to plug into the computer or you may borrow a pair of headphones from the Circulation Desk. Headphones can be used in the library for three hour periods of time.


    The Library also has a study room equipped with a TV, VCR, and DVD player. Study rooms can be reserved at the Circulation Desk.


    Please ask at the Circulation Desk for more information.

  • Do Course Reserve items have late fees?

    Course Reserve items carry late fees, depending on the type of course reserve (Closed, Overnight, etc.).


    Closed: May not leave the library. If the item is taken out of the library there will be a fee of $24 per day until the item is returned.


    All Other Reserves: Items that can leave the library have a late fee of 50ยข per day.


    Once your fees add up to $5.00 your account will be restricted. You need to take care of these obligations in order to borrow books again. If you have lost an item you will need to return it or pay the replacement cost before you can borrow books again. If the item you lost was on Course Reserve there is a good chance the item was a personal copy belonging to your professor. In that case, payment and replacement would be assessed on an individual basis.

  • My professor told me to get a book from the library but I can't find it on Course Reserve.

    If your professor referred you to an item and it is not on course reserve, it might just be suggested reading. In this case you will have to search the library catalog to find out more about the item. You can search the library catalog by going to the library's homepage: /library, then click on "Library Catalog". Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance.

    For additional information about Course Reserve please ask at the Circulation Desk, call 203-932-7197, or e-mail us.