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Faculty Resources at the Library: Course Reserves

This guide provides an overview of Mt.SAC Library services and resources for faculty.

What Are Course Reserves?

What are Course Reserves?

They are materials set aside for the use of students in a certain class, at the request of the instructor. They include textbooks, DVDs, articles, etc. 

Students may borrow Reserves items with their Mt. SAC student ID for two hours in the library only, to allow all of the students in the class to have access to the material. 

Putting Items on Reserves for Your Courses

Putting Items on Reserves for Fall 2021  

Starting June 1st, faculty may place materials on Reserves in the Library book drop with the completed printed Mt. SAC Course Reserves Form. 

Library book drops are located at the information kiosk near Parking Lot B and on the library's north entrance wall (Building 6).   

Each item must be accompanied by a Reserves Form that you can download (below) and print or fill online and print. 

Course Reserves Terms & Conditions 

  • Mt. SAC Library can ensure items received 5 business days before the beginning of the semester will be available by the first day of classes.  

  • Reserves items will be labeled and barcoded for use with the library system.  

  • Reserves items are for 2-HOUR USE and in LIBRARY USE ONLY.  

  • Reserves items will be reviewed at the end of the semester/session per Fair Use and Copyright compliance.  

  • When personal items are removed from the Reserves Collection, faculty will be emailed to pick up their items. If the items are not picked up within 10 business days, the Library will return them to faculty or departments through campus mail.  

  • The library does not assume responsibility for lost or damaged personal copies and does not bill students for their replacement costs.    

Course Reserves Form 

Course Reserves Form - Printable (Word) 

Course Reserves Form – Online Form 

Course Reserves for Summer 2021

This information was sent to All Faculty via email on April 30, 2021.

Please be mindful of dates that may have since passed.

 

While the library is physically closed, we can:   

  • temporarily digitize our current Reserves collection based on students’ requests   
  • accept new physical copies of items for processing and temporary digitization based on students’ requests  

The Mt. SAC Library is committed to supporting students during this unprecedented time.  

How do faculty put an item on Course Reserves?   

Due to COVID-19, the process of putting an item on Course Reserves has slightly changed. Please read about the changes on the Mt. SAC Library Course Reserves Form – Summer 2021 

To place a book on Course Reserves for Summer ‘21, please drop it in one of the library's book drops with the completed form by the dates listed below.   

  • Books dropped off by 05/09/21 will be sanitized, quarantined, cataloged, processed, and available for students' requests by 06/21/21.  
  • Books dropped off by 05/16/21 will be sanitized, quarantined, cataloged, processed, and available for students' requests by 06/21/21. 
  • Books dropped off by 05/23/21 will be sanitized, quarantined, cataloged, processed, and available for students' requests by 06/21/21. 
  • Books dropped off by 06/06/21 will be sanitized, quarantined, cataloged, processed, and available for students' requests by 06/21/21. 
  • Books dropped off by 06/13/21 will be sanitized, quarantined, cataloged, processed, and available for students' requests by 06/28/21. 
  • Books dropped off by 06/20/21 will be sanitized, quarantined, cataloged, processed, and available for students' requests by 07/06/21. 

Library book drops are located at the information kiosk near Parking Lot B and on the library's north entrance wall (Building 6).  

What if my item is on Course Reserves already?  

If your item is on Course Reserves already, you can provide us with information about your Week’s 1-3 readings so we can get a start on preparing it for students’ requests.   

Please complete the Mt. SAC Library Course Reserves (Already in Reserves Collection) form by 05/31/21 and Week's 1-3 readings will be available for students to request by 06/21/21.  

What does this mean for Mt. SAC Students?  

Currently enrolled Mt. SAC students have TEMPORARY digital access to the library’s Course Reserves collection upon request.  See Course Reserves during COVID-19.  

  • The library may complete 2 requests per student per day, and up to 1 chapter per request. (Please note that we’ll do our best to fulfill students’ requests but our capacity to fulfill them may depend on the demand and technology.)  
  • Requests may take up to 4 business days to process.  

What’s a long-term alternative to Course Reserves?  

A possible alternative to Course Reserves is OER (Open Educational Resources). The library works with Mt. SAC Faculty to find, adopt, adapt, and create OER materials. For more information, visit Mt. SAC Library’s OER LibGuide.  

Questions?

If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kolap Samel at ksamel@mtsac.edu or your department library liaison