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Course Reserves FAQ

Q. My instructor told me that there are some reserved materials at the Library, but I can't find them.

A. The course reserve items are still being processed. Check back later.

Q.  Where is the Reserve Desk, where do I go to check out a course reserve item?

A.  Ask for your reserve materials at the Check Out Desk on the first floor of the Library. Antelope Valley reserves are in the Library Resource Center in Room 405.

Q.  May reserve materials be taken out of the library?

A.  Most reserve materials may not leave the library.  If there is an exception to this the item will be labeled.

Q.  How long do the reserve items check out for?

A.  2 hours, 24 hours, 3 days, or 7 days.

Q.  May I renew reserve materials?

A.  No. Reserve materials may not be renewed.

Q.  Can I put a hold on a reserve item?

A.  No. Reserve items are checked out on a first come first served basis.

Q.  What are the fines for items returned late?

A.  $1.00 per hour or day.  Depending on the circulation period.

Q.  Do you have a copy of the textbook for my class on reserve?

A.  The library does not usually purchase textbooks.  The professor would have to put a personal copy of the textbook on reserve or you may check RunnerText, or our Textbook web page

If you have any other questions or problems, please contact the Check Out Desk at (661) 654-3172. 

Course Reserves Information

• A Current CSUB ID is required for all reserve check outs.

• 2-hour closed reserves must be returned on time and do not leave the library.

• 2-hour, 3-day and 7-day open reserves must be returned on time and can leave the library.

• 24-hour reserves must be returned on time and can leave the library. The item must be returned 24 hours from the time it was checked out or when the library opens the following day if the item was due when the library was closed.

Reserve Fines and Fees

• Keeping a reserve item past the time it is due will result in overdue fines and possible fees.

• 2-hour and 24-hour reserves accrue overdue fines at a rate of $1.00 per hour to a maximum of $25.00 per item per week.

• 3-day and 7-day reserves accrue overdue fines at a rate of $1.00 per day to a maximum of $25.00 per item per week.

• Items not returned for 14 days will be considered lost. Lost or damaged reserve items are billed to students and staff at current replacement cost plus a state-mandated processing fee. Once replacements for reserve items not owned by the library (i.e. a professor's personal copy) have been ordered, students and staff are ineligible for partial or full refunds if the item is returned.

• Students and staff with unpaid obligations will not be able to register or obtain transcripts. 

Appropriate Materials

• Appropriate materials include library or faculty-owned books, videotapes, DVDs, Blu-rays, compact discs, solutions manuals or readers.

• Library-owned Reference books, periodicals, or other non-circulating items may not be placed on Reserve.

• Items borrowed through Resource Sharing may not be placed on Reserve.


Copyright Restrictions for Audiovisual materials

• Commercial videos, library owned videos or videos of classroom activities are allowed.

• Non-commercial videos, DVDs, and CDs recorded or downloaded (ex. YouTube, PBS, CNN, History Channel) containing copyrighted material are NOT acceptable without permission from the program’s producer.

• CDs and commercially produced cassettes are acceptable.

• CDs and DVDs put on Course Reserve must be accompanied by a signed statement that the faculty member accepts responsibility for the content and for any damage or copyright violation resulting from their use.


Placing Items on Hard Copy Reserve 

• All items placed on Hard Copy Reserve must be accompanied by the Hard Copy Reserves Request Form. Separate forms must be submitted for each individual course.

 For large Reserves reading lists (more than ten items), please submit a copy of the class syllabus along with the Request Form.

• Class-related materials, such as textbooks, generally are purchased only if they have value as reference sources.

• Hard Copy Reserves items may be circulated for one of five checkout periods: 2-hour open, 2-hour closed (Library use only), 24-hour, 3-day, or 7-day.

• Identification stickers, barcodes, date/time slips and transparent tape will be placed on these items.

• Personal items placed on Reserves usually receive some wear, and occasionally are lost or stolen. The Library does not take responsibility for repairing or replacing damaged or lost personal materials placed on Reserves.

• Items placed on Hard Copy Reserves will remain on active reserve for the designated reserve duration, then returned to the instructor or Library collection from which they came.

• Personal materials will be returned to the instructor at the end of the current semester unless other arrangements have been made.


Contact the Library

Check-out Desk

Call: 661-654-3172

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