Notice: The East Wing of the Main Library is closed until 3pm on Friday, June 21, as we continue major construction work.  We apologize for this inconvenience. For more information or for assistance accessing library resources, please visit any of our information desks, or call 517-355-2333.
Notice: The East Wing of the Main Library is closed until 3pm on Friday, June 21, as we continue major construction work.  We apologize for this inconvenience. For more information or for assistance accessing library resources, please visit any of our information desks, or call 517-355-2333.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.

Course Reserves FAQ

Course Reserves may be placed at different library Service Desks. You can find information for your course by searching for the course on the Find Course Reserves page.

Loan periods vary by Service Desk. You can find information for your course by searching for the course on the Find Course Reserves page.

Fines are assessed at the rate of $1.00 per item/per hour and are charged 24 hours a day, every day. When Reserve material remains overdue overnight, the borrower is billed a minimum of $150 to replace the material. Once the material is returned, the bill for replacement is waived, but fines will still be charged.

Material remains on Reserve for the duration of the semester. Items may be taken off Reserve by the instructor at any time during the semester, provided they are not on Reserve for another course.

FAQ for Instructors

Faculty members or their representatives (Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, etc.) may submit Reserve requests. Students enrolled in the class may NOT place material on Reserve.

Library-owned material, as well as personal material, sample exam questions, lecture notes and bound photocopied readings may be placed on Reserve.

Personal material and photocopied reading packets can be dropped off at any library Service Desk during their open hours. They will be barcoded and labeled with non-removable call number labels. The library is not responsible for loss or damage to personal copies of material placed on Reserve. Photocopies must meet Federal copyright standards. Copyright permission questions may be directed to the Copyright Permissions Center at permissions@mail.lib.msu.edu

Currently the MSU Libraries do not offer centralized electronic course reserves. However, you can link to our electronic resources, refer to the questions below.

The permanent record link of the electronic book, found at the bottom of each library catalog record, can be used to facilitate access to the electronic books licensed by the Libraries. See this example of a catalog record.

Stable links can be created to facilitate access to the full-text of articles licensed by the MSU Libraries. See instructions for creating stable links to electronic articles.

Every library in the MSU Library system offers Course Reserves services. Policies will vary with each location. Contact the Service Desk directly for specific information. You may drop off items at any library Service Desk during open hours.

When you submit textbook information to the Registrar’s Office, you can request items to be placed on Reserve at the Libraries. Alternatively, you can send your list using our Reserve Request Form.

While you may reserve material at any time, the sooner we receive your request list the better. In general, lists are processed in the order received. Typically, if your list is submitted 2 weeks before the first day of classes all items will be on Reserve by the start of classes.

Search for your course by instructor name or course number on the Find Course Reserves page. If you do not see a course record in the catalog within 5 business days of request, please contact us to confirm receipt. Processing times will vary and all items may not be available immediately. Requests will be processed as quickly as possible in the order received. Material requiring recall from other borrowers, or material we have to order will be available as soon as we receive them and processing is completed. If you have questions about the progress of your list, please contact the appropriate Service Desk.

Loan periods vary by Service Desk. The information can be found on the Reserve Request Form. All instructor-supplied personal materials will circulate with a 2 hour loan period and need to remain "building use only."

You can expedite processing by providing accurate and complete citations for the titles you request, as well as clear information about the course, the instructor, enrollment, and loan period information. The more information you can supply, the fewer questions we need to follow-up with. You may also expedite processing by bringing the requested library material, personal copies or an already-spiral-bound coursepack directly to a staff member at the Service Desk.

Due to increased volume of Reserve requests, especially at the start of the semester, we regret not being able to contact each instructor regarding their list's status.

You can make a request by submitting a “Reserve Material Purchase Request" form. We will notify the instructor when the material is received and available. If a requested title is no longer in print, we will contact the instructor to decide the next course of action.

There is no limit to the number of titles you may place on Reserve.

Generally, the Library will only own one copy of a title. Due to space limitations, no more than 3 copies of any title may be placed on reserve.

Yes, provided that appropriate copyright permissions have been secured. To seek assistance in obtaining permissions, contact the Copyright Permissions Center.

You can include the following instructions on your course syllabus:

How to use Course Reserve materials at the Library

To access Course Reserve materials at the Library, go to this web page (https://www.lib.msu.edu/resources/reserves/).