Course Reserves

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General Information

The purpose of a Reserve Collection is to make available, to as many students as possible, materials that are in heavy demand. Items placed on reserve are usually assigned course readings, books, or DVD/videos. Therefore, items in the physical reserve collection are subject to limited loan periods and strictly enforced policies. Loan periods are determined by the faculty and may vary from item to item, but in general they are approximately one hour, two hours, four hours, or twenty-four hours. Overdue fines are charged on physical reserve items that are not returned by the time due.

Occasionally, a reserve item will be available in an online format. Access to online reserve material is restricted to Normandale students, faculty, and staff. In order to view the online version of the article or book chapter on reserve, click on the link in a record and login with your StarID and password.

All reserve items, whether traditional physical or online formats, are listed in the library online catalog. Search the Reserve Collection by Instructor, Course, or Department.

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How can I find reserve materials for a certain course?

Instructors' current course reserves items can be found through the library catalog.

  1. From the Library home page, select the Reserves tab.
  2. Enter the instructor's last name or course number (ex. ART 1118) and select search.
  3. A listing will appear showing the items that are on reserve for that instructor or course.
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Where can I find reserve materials in the library?

Ask for Reserve materials at the Circulation Desk.

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Can reserve items be taken out of the library?

Most reserve items, including print, DVD, and video, are for in-library use only and have a 1- or 2-hour checkout period. Some reserve items can be checked out for 1 or more days and may leave the library.

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