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Reserving Materials

Physical and electronic materials can be placed on reserve by faculty to facilitate access to them.

Course reserves

  • Can be searched by course or instructor.
  • Physical items may be checked out -- loan periods are determined by the faculty.
  • Electronic items require login to be viewed. Only people enrolled in a class may access them.

Special reserves

  • Special reserves are high demand items and must be requested at the Service Desk.
  • They can be checked out for the normal loan period depending on the borrower's status, e.g. undergrad, grad, or faculty.

How to place materials on reserve

The beginning of the semester is a peak period for placing materials on reserve, so allow adequate lead time.  Although the library requests that material be provided at least 2 days prior to anticipated use, the turnaround time may be longer at the beginning of the semester.  All material will be handled on a first-come first-served basis.

For materials owned by OU libraries:

  • For items the libraries own (such as books, articles, book chapters, etc), faculty should fill out and submit the Reserves Request Form. The form is also available at the Service Desk.

For materials owned by the faculty:

  • Articles and other short items (e.g. quizzes, old exams, study notes) can be placed on electronic reserves.
  • When submitting personal material for reserves, faculty should provide the materials along with the filled-out Reserves Request Form. The form is also available at the Service Desk.

For material not owned by OU libraries or the faculty:

  • A photocopy of a specific journal article may be ordered through Interlibrary Loan.
  • A book may be ordered on a rush basis, provided that it is still in print and not exorbitantly expensive.


If you have any questions, please contact Access Services at 248-370-4425 or circ@oakland.edu.


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