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Library Policies


Textbook reserves

The purpose of the reserve collection is to allow controlled access to a limited number of items for the greatest number of students. Items in the reserve collection can be borrowed on a short loan period. The collection consists of materials that are essential to a course.

Instructors can request that personal or department books, library owned books, copies of articles or book excerpts, personal or department-owned DVDs covered  by the college’s public performance license, or library-owned DVDs be placed on reserve.

Copies of articles or book excerpts must be optional or supplementary sources of information for students. 

Paper copies of articles available online or excerpts of library-held books will not be placed on reserve. 

Student works submitted by a department or instructor require written copyright permission from the student.

Library staff will put textbooks held in the library collection, and books that will be in high demand for a short time, on reserve.

The library purchases textbooks for the reserve collection on a limited and selective basis. A request to purchase a textbook must come from an instructor and is considered by the subject liaison librarian. Criteria considered when deciding to purchase a textbook for reserve are available budget, demand for the title, and relationship or usefulness of the item to the collection.

Unless otherwise requested,  personal materials will be sent back to the instructor or departmental office at the end of term. Alternatively, instructors may indicate that personal books to be added to the library collection once they are removed from reserve.

While we attempt to ensure the security of instructors' materials, we are not responsible for loss or damage.