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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.


Course Reserves for Fall 2020

This information was sent to All Faculty via email on July 23, 2020.

Please be mindful of dates that may have since passed.

While the library is physically closed, we are able to:

  • 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 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 Reserve Form – Fall 2020.

To place a book on Course Reserves for Fall 2020, please drop it in one of the library's book drops with the completed form by the dates listed below.

  • Books dropped off by 08/02/20 will be sanitized, quarantined, cataloged, processed, and available for students' requests by 08/24/20.
  • Books dropped off by 08/16/2020 will be sanitized, quarantined, cataloged, processed, and available for students' requests by 09/07/2020.
  • Books dropped off by 08/30/2020 will be sanitized, quarantined, cataloged, processed, and available for students' requests by 09/14/2020.

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 first week’s reading so we can get a start on preparing it for students’ requests.

Please complete the Mt. SAC Library Course Reserves 1st Week's Reading form by 08/09/2020 and the first week’s reading will be available for students to request by 08/24/2020.

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 will 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. Requests are received and processed Monday to Friday – 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Feel free to include this guide on your syllabus and share with students: How to Request Digital Chapters of a Textbook.

What's a possible 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.

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