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Course Reserves: Home

ADVISORY: Fall 2020 reserves will be limited to electronic format.

Placing Items on Course Reserve

Faculty may place library materials on reserve by downloading and completing this course reserve request form and sending it to Items are placed on reserve in the order received. Allow 2-3 work days for normal processing. Faculty will be notified once materials have been processed.  

What can be placed on reserve?

Library-owned or licensed materials, and items from faculty personal collections may be placed on reserve. ILL and LINK+ loans may not be put on reserve. 
Items can be placed on reserve for periods of 2 hr, 4 hr, 24 hr, or 48 hr.

What if the library doesn't own the item I would like to put on reserve?

You can use this form to submit purchase requests. Please submit as early as possible, as some items may take 3-6 weeks to receive and process.

Where can students find course reserves?

Students may find course reserve listings for physical items (books, DVDs, special materials, etc.) and electronic items (articles in databases, online content, and scanned documents) in the corresponding Moodle course site. 
Students can also search the library catalog.

Textbook Reserve Program

The Library and ASOC are continuing with their collaboration that places on reserve copies of textbooks for several large-enrollment courses. The program aims to ease the cost of textbooks and make them more accessible to students. The limited number of copies, purchased by ASOC Senate, are available to check out at the Info Center. As with all course reserve materials, students must present a valid Oxy ID to use them; because the books are communal copies, the new service asks that students read the books in the building and not mark in them. Each reader will be able to check out a book for two hours. Students can also book them in advance from the library website as they can other Oxy books. 

The textbooks on reserve are for introductory courses in Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Mathematics, Physics, Politics, and Psychology. They are cataloged in OASys and are listed on the Moodle site for each course.

Copyright and Fair Use

Faculty are responsible for compliance with Copyright and Fair Use at Occidental College. The Fair Use Doctrine (17 USC. § 107) allows professors to make limited reproductions of a copyrighted work. To comply with copyright law please restrict scanning to 10% or one chapter of a book. Entire books or journals may be placed on normal course reserves for limited student check out when no electronic equivalent is available.