Course Reserves - Libraries - Dalhousie University

By: Library Dal  09-12-2011

Reserve materials are items professors have selected for specific courses and given shortened loan periods.
  • Each library manages the Reserve Collection for disciplines covered by that library.
  • Reserve materials include books, articles, textbooks, examinations, casebooks and other materials.
  • Loan periods vary from 1 hour up to 1 week.

Finding reserve materials on Novanet

All Reserve items are listed in the Novanet online catalogue:
  • Search the Reserves
    • Search by:
      • Instructor - e.g. Smith, John
      • Course name - e.g. Introduction to world religions
      • Course number - e.g. Engl-1000     Course codes
      • Title - e.g. Elizabethan Poetry
      • Department - e.g. Sociology
      • Subjects
  • Write down the call number if there is one or note whether it is a photocopy or a professor's copy.
  • Retrieve the item at the Circulation Desk in the appropriate library.

Placing print materials on reserve

Faculty may put library materials or professor-owned materials on Library Reserve for their courses. Shortened loan periods for these items allow for maximum access to all students.
  • Submit a reserve list 2 weeks prior to the class start date using the following forms to allow for processing times. Copies of a class reading list are also acceptable with reserve items clearly marked. Items not in the library’s collection can be ordered in. Delivery time can range from 3 working days to several weeks depending on the source and type of material.
  • Please observe copyright legislation when requesting material be placed on reserve.
  • Reserve items will be processed in the order in which they are received.
  • All personal materials placed on Reserve will be returned through campus mail at the end of the term.
  • Note: there is a limit of 20 reserve items per course

Everything you need to know about electronic reserve lists: digital reserves, creating persistent URLs, scanning print material and who to contact for help.

Reserve request forms

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