Information for Faculty about Reserve Services
To put items (books, e-articles) on reserve for your courses:
Step 1: Complete the Reserves Course Request form and create a Course Page for each course.
Step 2: Specify course material for each course.
Step 3: Within approximately 48 hours you will receive an email from Reserve Services notifying you that your Account has been activated and when the materials will be available.
Step 4: Provide your students with the link to the Reserves page (http://coast.library.csulb.edu/screens/reserves.html) and the password to your reserve materials.
Access to and information about both traditional and electronic reserve materials can be found on our Reserves web page.
- Why place items on reserve?
- What kinds of materials can be placed on reserve?
- Can I place items on reserve in person?
- How long does it take to process a request?
- What if an item I need for reserve is not available at the CSULB library?
- How do students access reserve materials?
- Why do I need to provide a course password?
- Is there a limit on how many reserve items I can assign for a course?
- What do I need to know about copyright?
- What if I need help?
Why place items on reserve?
- To ensure that intensively used reading assignments for a class are available to all students in the class.
- To enable students in the class to access assigned article readings on a 24/7 basis, if available online.
- To be sure that materials assigned are in compliance with copyright regulations.
What kinds of materials can be placed on reserve?
- Books from the library collection
- Books owned by the faculty member (Although the book will be returned to you at the end of the semester, your book may be stamped/marked for tracking/security purposes.)
- Media (movies, sound recordings)
- Journal articles *
- Book chapters *
- * items will be available 24/7 via your course through eReserves (http://coast.library.csulb.edu/screens/reserves.html)
Can I place items on reserve in person?
Materials may also be placed on reserve in person by visiting the circulation service desk located on the first floor of the library.
How long does it take to process a request?
- Items already available at CSULB Library normally can be processed within 24 - 48 hours.
- If items are not available at the CSULB Library (including new books), please allow 7-10 working days for the library to obtain materials.
- Remember! the beginning of the semester is very busy and delays may occur. Requesting your course and materials four weeks in advance will help avoid delays.
What if an item I need for reserve is not available at the CSULB library?
- If you request an article that is not available in our print, microform, or electronic collections, the library staff will acquire a copy of the article on your behalf.
- If you request a book that is not available in our collections, and funds are available, the library staff will RUSH order it for your course. After your course concludes and you no longer need the book for Reserve, the book will be placed in the library's collection.
How do students access reserve materials?
- Students will need to use the Reserves web page to search and access both traditional and electronic Reserve materials.
- A course password is REQUIRED to access materials in electronic format.
- The Library does not have access to your password and cannot provide the password to your students.
- Traditional reserve materials are located on the lower level of the Library.
- You may want to review the information for students using Reserve Services.
Why do I need to provide a course password?
- To comply with copyright guidelines for electronic reserves, a course password is REQUIRED to access materials in electronic format.
- The course password which you provide to the students enrolled in your course is something you create when you complete your course request.
Is there a limit on how many reserve items I can assign for a course?
- Yes, 25 items is the limit per instructor per course.
What do I need to know about copyright?
- Copyright permission is required for any copyrighted material NOT owned by the library and used for the same instructor for more than one semester.
- The University Library and the University Bookstore work together to obtain required copyright permission for faculty, and the library pays copyright fees (up to a limit).
If you have questions or concerns about reserves, please contact us by:
Emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 562-985-5193. Or contact your subject librarian.
You can also use our Reserves Problem Form.