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Course Reserves

This guide highlights course reserve services the Sacramento State University Library provides to the campus community.


Whether you are a student or faculty, this guide will help you find information about Course Reserves. Click the tabs on the left to navigate through the guide. 

Search here to quickly check if the title you're looking for is already on Reserve in the Library. You can filter by course (ex: SWRK, COMS, FILM ENGL) or by instructor name.  You can also search Course Reserves in OneSearch.

If you need additional help with Course Reserves, we are available to assist you! Just email or call using the contact information below. 


Phone: (916) 278-6708

What are Course Reserves?

Course Reserves are course-related materials such as physical books, eBooks, DVDs and other media including streaming media selected by instructors and made available for students to borrow from the University Library or access directly from a Canvas course. The reserve collection includes materials that supplement and enhance coursework, and is not intended to be used as a textbook repository. We encourage instructors to submit personal copies of materials, such as high-cost textbooks, they would like students to have access to. Course Reserve materials are non-requestable (meaning first come-first served), and are considered in-demand, high-use items.


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Reserve items have shorter loan periods to facilitate sharing among students. Loan periods are assigned by instructors, and include 2-hours, 24-hours, 3-days, and 7-days. Due to demand, reserve items are located behind the 1st floor Library Service Desk, and will be retrieved by library staff upon request. 

Reserve materials may be:

  • Library owned print or ebooks and other media such as DVDs, streaming media, and Audio CDs
  • Instructor owned print books and other media such as DVDs and CDs




Last Updated: Aug 30, 2023 1:31 PM