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Course Reserves

Course Reserves During COVID-19


Students may borrow physical course reserve materials from the Library Service Desk on the 1st floor while the library building is open. 

During the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, Reserve materials will be provided in electronic format whenever possible. Some electronic texts assigned by your instructor may be posted directly to your Canvas course website. Students can also search the Course Books at the Library for electronic library items assigned by instructors. If you are faculty interested in requesting or removing course reserve materials, please submit a Course Reserve Request Form.

How do I find Course Reserve materials?

Search for the title or call number in the Course Reserves search scope in OneSearch from the library website. (links below)

To find the call number for a book or other media, use OneSearch to search by title, author, or keyword. When you find what you're looking for note the location (floor) and call number. The call number for the book Fundamentals of Corporate Finance is in the red box in the image below.


Follow the link to Finding Books at the University Library for more information on finding books in general.

Quickly Locate Required or Recommended Course Books Available at the Library


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Not every course book is on Reserve. You might be able to locate and borrow required or recommended course books from the library for a longer duration. Use the Course Books at the Library link on the homepage to see if the library has what you need.

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Use the Course Reserve Browse Tool to quickly filter through and search reserve materials. You can filter by instructor name or course. 

Where can I borrow Reserve materials?

Go to the 1st floor Library Service Desk to borrow reserve materials. Your OneCard is your library card so bring it with you! A OneCard is required to borrow library materials. 

Have the title, call number, instructor name, or course information ready and we'll help you find the material you need.

Students may borrow up to 2 Course Reserve items at a time.

Where can I return Reserve materials?

Please return all reserve materials in person to the 1st floor Library Service Desk to ensure materials are available upon request and to prevent overdue fines.

How long can I borrow Reserve materials?

Current Sac State students with a valid OneCard can borrow reserve materials for 2-hours, 24-hours, 3-days, or 7-days. Course reserves are first come, first served, and cannot be requested in advance. 

Sign in to your library account to see the loan period assigned to an item:

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Once you sign in to your library account you can see more information about an item:

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Materials can be renewed in person at the 1st floor Library Service Desk if another identical item is available to borrow. If another identical item is not available, there is a 15-minute wait period between checkouts. 

Books with a 2-hour loan limit that are checked out within 2 hours of library closure Sunday-Friday are loaned overnight and will be due by 9am the following morning. Books with a 2-hour loan limit that are checked out within 2 hours of library closure on Saturday are loaned overnight and will be due by 12p on Sunday. 

What happens if I return Reserve material late?

Course reserves are high demand course materials made available for students to share. Many students rely on reserve material availability in order to complete assignments on time. All students using this service should be courteous to others and ensure prompt return of materials. Students will receive email notifications as reminders of when materials are due. 

Students will be blocked from borrowing library materials when a course reserve item they have checked out becomes 1-day overdue. If the material is not returned, the student will receive a $90.00 Lost Item Replacement Fee on their library account. 

Students with outstanding course reserve loans will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for mediation and resolution of fines and overdue materials. 

For more information read the Overdue Fines & Lost Item Policy.

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2021 10:39 AM