Course Reserves FAQ

How do I go about placing material on reserve at Durick Library?

Course Reserves Request Form

Call numbers for books in the library collection must be included. Items not currently in the library collection can be ordered using this form. Generally speaking, this does not include textbooks.

Saint Michael’s College Copyright Guidelines must be followed.

Please provide the department with a copy of your course syllabus when you submit your request.  This helps us to prioritize processing to ensure that materials are available to students when needed for the course.

How long can students borrow reserve material?

Items are usually placed on reserve for a default loan period of 2 hours although other loan periods are possible. Usually, items placed on reserve may not leave the library.  If you need an exception to this, please let us know.  Materials on the web are of course available at any time for any amount of time.

When should I place my reserve requests? How long will it be before the requested items are available to students?

Reserve lists for each semester should be submitted as early as possible. In general, the reserve desk can process requests within two weekdays. Reserve requests submitted after the first day of classes for the current semester may take up to four weekdays to be processed. These times are for materials that are given to the reserve staff with complete and appropriate citations. Items that are currently checked out to another patron or materials that the reserve staff must pull from the shelves themselves will take longer to process.  Materials that need to be ordered will also take longer.

Can I put my own material on reserve (books, exams, copies of journal articles etc.)?

Yes. Personal copies of books and articles may be placed on reserve (the library will add an accession/call number and barcode). Journal articles and book chapters must meet the guidelines regarding copyright (see Saint Michael’s copyright policy). Up to two photocopies of copyrighted material will be placed on reserve unless the class enrollment is more than 25 or is composed of multiple sections. Please note that every effort will be made to purchase a copy of requested reserve material for the library collection.

Can I put online materials on reserve?

Yes.  As long as copyright guidelines are met, the Circulation Department will link to these materials if they are available (as a permalink) in a database that the library subscribes to.  However, we recommend that you use Canvas to permalink to articles.  See Linking to Journal Articles in Canvas for a how-to guide.

Anything else?

There are no permanent reserve lists; reserve lists expire at the end of each semester. Faculty must contact the reserve desk ahead of each semester during which a reserve list will be required. Once again, please provide the Circulation staff with a copy of your course syllabus for reference. At the end of each semester the reserve items will be pulled following the scheduled exam day and time for the course. If you wish to view your reserve list, please go to the Reserves link in the library catalog.


Please call Naomi King 802.654.2348 or email


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