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Reserves in ACC Libraries

Reserves are materials set aside for a specific course at the request of an instructor to allow easy access for currently-enrolled students to course material with anticipated high use. Materials in these collections are assigned shortened loan periods and have overdue penalties.


What kinds of material are put on "Reserve"?

All sorts of materials are placed on reserve by instructors who want to give students in their classes equitable access to course materials. Typical course materials may include:

  • cataloged books from the Library collection, or uncataloged personal copies of books,
  • sample exams, lecture notes


Where are Reserves located?

In the Library

Reserve materials are kept behind the Checkout Desks in the Libraries. The location listed in the catalog will look similar to this


How do I Find Course Reserves?

You can search for an exact title or search by instructor (e.g.,Ogden) course name (e.g.,United States history 1) or course ID (e.g., HIST 1301) Take a look at this FAQ (Finding Course Reserves) for details.


How do I get material on Reserve?

If you have located the information on the Catalog, write down the call number or print the page and take it to the Checkout Desk. The assistant will retrieve the material and check it out to you.

You must have a current valid ACC ID card to check out reserve material.


Can I take these items home as I can regular books?

Faculty choose which loan periods they feel are appropriate for reserve materials. Many items on Reserve are restricted to use in the library. These items are given a loan period of "Two Hours" as indicated in the previous example. Other items may be taken from the library. These items are given loan periods of "One Day, Three Days, Seven Days."

It is important to remember that Reserve material must be returned to the Library from which they were checked out; and, more stringent overdue penalties are assigned to Reserves. Please consult our checkout policy for more information.

Note: For Faculty See Putting Items on Reserve in ACC Libraries.