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The Reserve Materials Collection is intended for course items of anticipated high use. If materials placed on reserve have fewer than 5 checkouts per semester, faculty may be asked to remove these materials from Reserve. When faculty request more than 10 items on Reserve at any campus, the Faculty Librarian serving as the subject selector or the Head Librarian will meet with the Faculty member to determine the best methods for delivering course materials to students.

Items typically not placed on reserve include:

Faculty Reserves -- More Information

ACC Libraries are eager to work with Faculty to allow easy access to course material of anticipated high use. Materials in these collections are assigned shortened loan periods and have overdue penalties. Faculty may be encouraged to use Blackboard to share electronic copies of some materials when copyright allows. ACC Libraries follow standard guidelines and Copyright laws.

Please note that available space for Reserves varies by campus. This may limit the number of items or item format which can be placed on Reserve.

Placing Items on Reserve

Allow 4 weekdays for the Library to process the reserve materials before notifying your students. If there is a special need to have the items on reserve sooner, please talk to the reserves staff member.

Books || Photocopies || Media and Other Material

To put an item on Reserve, please complete an Online Reserves Request form for each item to be placed on Reserve. And then, take the items to be put on reserve to the Checkout Desk at your campus library.


Any book may be placed on reserve, whether it is an ACC LS book or your own copy. However, the Library cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage of personal copies. Talk with a faculty librarian about ordering copies of books to be placed on reserve.

Photocopied Material

Copies of journal articles or chapters of books should be submitted with a letter-size manila folder for each copy. The instructor should submit at least 2 copies of each item; one copy for every 10 students using the item is recommended. Please keep your original copy for use when replacement is necessary.

Please see Photocopying: Guidelines for Classroom Copying with Respect to Books and Periodicals

If photocopied items are to remain more than one semester, permission must be obtained from the publisher of the original source. See also online the document, Getting Copyright Permission, and a sample permission request letter.

Other Materials

Other Materials such as CDs, DVDs, realia, and other audiovisuals may also be put on reserve. See Placing Media on Reserve or talk to the reserves staff member for details.

Quality of Reserve Materials

To remain in the reserve collection, materials must be in good enough condition for students to use the items themselves or to make copies.

  • Printed or handwritten materials should be legible with no missing pages.
  • Media should have sound-tracks that can be understood and clear visual images.
  • Students should be able to use audio-visual items on ACC Media equipment.
  • Packets of materials should be complete.
  • Oversized or non-standard sized materials may not be appropriate for Reserves. Materials should fit on current Reserves shelves or within a file folder.

Damaged Materials

The reserves staff member will determine if a reserve item is worn beyond usability. Faculty members will be asked to replace damaged materials after notification from the Library.

Additional Suggestion

It is essential that students be told precise titles for items on reserve from the instructor. Variances in titles cause confusion and failure to find needed items.