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Library Home: Course Reserves

Reserves are items which instructors have designated for special class use and are made available via the library circulation desk. For questions, call 505-747-2244 or email

Information for Students

  • Students must show proof of identification or provide a Banner ID in order to check out a Reserve item.
  • Find Reserves by using the Course Reserves Search in the library catalog. You can search by your class name (start with the department abbreviation, e.g. HIST 161 or US History to 1877) or your instructor's name (example: Dvorak or Ken Dvorak).
  • Reserve check-outs are for 2 hour periods.
  • Reserve items must not leave the building.
  • Copies may be made inside the library for a fee ($.10/page).
  • Scans of material, within reasonable amounts (which must also abide by any copyright laws governing fair use), may also be made and are subject to staff and equipment availability.
  • If a Reserve item is not returned, the borrower and faculty member must work out terms for replacement (if necessary).


Information for Faculty

  • To place items on Reserve for your class, please fill in the Course Reserves Form.
  • Requests should be submitted at least one week prior to the date needed for class to allow for processing.
  • It is not common practice for the library to collect all textbooks for every class every semester as it is prohibitively expensive and time-intensive.
  • Personal copies of books and other materials may be submitted for use. If the library owns a copy the library copy will be placed on Reserve instead. Please be aware that for cataloging purposes labels will be affixed to your personal copies and that wear and tear caused by frequent use is to be expected. Should a student damage (beyond repair) or lose your personal copy, the borrower and faculty member must work out terms for replacement (if necessary).
  • The library will not reserve materials borrowed from other libraries or request ILL materials to be placed on Reserve.
  • Any item placed on Reserves must comply with current U.S. Copyright Law. The library encourages permalinking of electronic resources in Blackboard.
  • Unless otherwise instructed, items will be removed from Course Reserve at the end of the semester. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to retrieve material. Materials not picked up after 30 days will be subject to staff discretion concerning retention, use, and location.