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Textbooks on Reserve

A book I need is on reserve. What does that mean?

In libraries, terms like Reserve, Reserves, or Reserve Collection simply refer to a location in the library where we keep books with short loan periods.

For Students

During your residency, a single copy of your required textbook(s) will typically be placed on reserve for temporary use by all students in your class. Reserve items are held at the library front desk and are available to borrow for short term use, usually for 1-day or 2-hours.

Can I reserve a book on reserve?

We get asked this a lot! Books on reserve may not be reserved in advance (meaning you are not able place a hold on an item that is on reserve). Reserve items are loaned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please visit the library front desk with your student ID card and ask to borrow your textbook. A library staff member will be happy to help!

Remember to return your books on time. Overdue fines for books with short term loans are expensive and are deliberately cost prohibitive. This policy is intended to ensure equity of access for fellow learners in your program while you are on campus. Thank you for your cooperation!

Reserve items are not intended to replace your textbook. To purchase a copy of your textbook, email the Bookstore, visit the RRU Bookstore Online, or ask a library staff member for help.

For Program Staff and Faculty

For degree programs, program associates can expect an email from the Library 6 to 8 weeks prior to the start of on-campus courses and residencies with information about our reserve collection. To make use of this service for your students, please respond to and include the following information with your request:

  • Title of item
  • Author/editor
  • Edition/Publication year
  • Course number
  • Instructor(s) name(s)
  • Residency/Quarter dates
  • Preferred loan period for reserve items—2 hr, 1 day, 3 day or 7 day

If you are unsure about what textbooks to place on reserve, we can help by letting you know what books were on reserve when the course was last offered. Faculty might also find it helpful to chat with a librarian about other library resources in our collection that would support their teaching. Email us to book an appointment.

Do you have questions about this tip or any other research-related questions? Please contact the library.