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Library Course Reserves

What is the Library Reserve Collection?

The library reserve collection contains required physical course materials for students to check out from the library. Both library-owned and instructor-owned material are put on reserve for ARC classes.

In order to make course materials available to students, instructors can put textbooks, articles, chapters, videos, class notes, study guides and other course material on reserve in the library. 

How do Instructors put an Item on Reserve?

Print and fill out the Reserves Form and bring it with the reserve item(s) to the Circulation Desk. Please allow at least three days for processing, particularly at the start of the semester. Direct any questions to Jane Hoff at (916) 484-8744 or

Can Online or Digital Resources be put on Reserve?

The Library Can Not Put your ebook on Reserve for Most Traditional Publishers

Despite libraries’ attempts to make copies of selected textbooks and course materials available to assist those students who are unable to purchase their own, the following is a sample of publishers that will not allow libraries to purchase ebook/e-textbook versions of their publications:

  • Pearson
  • Cengage
  • McGraw Hill
  • Oxford University Press
  • Most publishers of ‘common reads,’ popular fiction, and popular nonfiction
  • Many health sciences texts

Library ebooks

The library does have it's own collection of ebooks that can be used in your courses (Canvas) at no cost to students. 

  1. Search in OneSearch to find ebooks
  2. Important - Check user access of ebooks to ensure it is Unlimited User Access
  3. Add the Permalink to the entire ebook or chapters in Canvas, Bookstore form, etc.
  4. Note: Most Library Reserves and resources are not Open Education Resources (OER) as the library is purchasing these materials, and they are not openly licensed. To find out more about OER check out this Textbook Affordability guide

How Does a Student Find Material on Reserve?

Students can search for required course materials on our Textbooks page, and get answers to questions in our:

Library Textbooks FAQ

You can also save your students time by providing the call number & permalink to your resources in the library in the syllabus, or posting it in Canvas.

Print Reserve Policies

Current Editions Only

Older editions of current textbooks are not placed on reserve. A faculty-donated copy of the most recent previous edition of a textbook may, at the library's discretion, be placed in the library's circulating collection. You can check OneSearch to see if older editions are available in the circulating collection.

Supplementary Materials

Supplementary materials will be kept for only one semester unless they are used with some regularity. At the end of a semester, low circulating items will be returned to the instructor. If an instructor wishes to donate supplements to the library, a librarian will determine if it would be useful in the collection.

Removing Reserves

Items on reserve will stay on reserve until they are no longer being used for any course. If the item was provided by an instructor, it will be returned. If the instructor wishes to donate the item to the Library, it will be sent to the librarian liaison for that department to determine if it is appropriate for the Library circulating collection.

Criteria for the Library to Purchase Textbooks

When the budget allows, the library buys textbooks for reserves.

Donated textbooks become the property of the Library. 

See our Check Out Policies page for reserves check out periods, limits, and late fines. 

Print Reserves and Copyright

For additional information, view the ARC Instructional Technology Center page on Copyright.