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Reserving Library Materials

Faculty Reserves

Faculty members may reserve videos, assessment tests, and any other library material for educational or personal use on certain dates during a semester. Requests should be made using the reservation form.

Items ordered from other libraries may be placed on Faculty Reserve. Please keep in mind that Twin Cities Library cannot guarantee the length of loan periods on items borrowed from other libraries. If you would like to reserve an item that we do not own for an extended period of time, you can request we purchase it using our purchase suggestion form.

Student Reserves

Faculty may place material on reserve in the library for student use for the duration of one semester. Twin Cities Library does not offer an e-reserve service. Reserve items may be supplemental or required material for courses. To place items on reserve for a class, faculty should contact a library staff member and provide the following information:

  • Item title
  • Preferred check-out period for students (e.g. in-library use only, 3 days, 1 week, etc.)
  • Semester to be placed on reserve
  • Course number and title
  • Instructor’s contact information

See information below for policies regarding reserves.

Books & Videos

Faculty may place books and videos on reserve. The books and videos can either be owned by the library or a faculty member's personal copy. The library is not responsible for any lost or damaged personal copies. Books and videos that have been borrowed from other libraries may not be placed on reserve. Course packs may not be placed on reserve. At the end of the semester, books and videos will be removed from reserve unless other arrangements are made with a librarian.

If you would like to reserve a library video to show in your class, use the video reservation form.


United States Copyright Law applies to the reproduction of copyrighted materials and to their use in a library collection. Only items falling under the Fair Use standard of US Copyright Law may be placed on reserve. Photocopied items not falling under Fair Use must include written proof of copyright permission obtained from the copyright holder in order to be included on reserve. Articles obtained through interlibrary loan may not be placed on reserve. The library staff will not place items on reserve that are in violation of the law. Faculty members assume responsibility for any infringement of the copyright law.

All photocopies of journal articles placed on reserve will be stamped with a notice of copyright. At the end of each semester, all photocopied articles will be returned to instructors unless other arrangements have been made.

Twin Cities Library does not offer an e-reserve service.