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Course Reserves: Placing or Finding Materials on Reserve


Faculty members place material on reserve so that their students in a course can be guaranteed access to the items. When placing items on reserve, the faculty member selects whether the item will be checked out for 4-hours (for use in the library), for 24 hours, or for 3 days.


How to check out reserve items

  • At the front desk of the Library, give your instructor's name and the title of the item you want to check out. Items on reserve are kept at the front desk of the Library.

  • You will need your DSU ID card to check out items.

  • Return items on time to avoid huge fines. Overdue charges are $1/hour for most items and these steep fines add up quickly.

How to find out what is on reserve

You may search the Course Reserves database by title words, instructor name, course name or course number.

Go to the Course Reserves database.

In the SD Library Network Library Catalog , click on the Course Reserves tab at the top of the search screen and then click on the link to Dakota State University course reserves.

Search the Course Reserves database.

Course Reserves

  1. Use the left dropdown box to select what to search (faculty name, course number, etc.).

  2. In the search box to the right of the dropdown, type search words. The following table shows examples of ways to search.

Ways to search: For example:
instructor name smith
course number soc 100
course title theater history
keyword(s) in title straight talk

How to place items on reserve

Items to be placed on reserve for a course should be taken to the Library's front desk, with a completed Library Reserve Request Form for each item, at least one week prior to first checkout. The form provides all the information we need to process your request.

Items placed on reserve may be from the Library's collections or may belong to the member of the faculty placing them on reserve. The Library will attach a barcode and a reserve sticker on faculty-owned items, so please let the library know if you do not want an item defaced in this way.

If other than original materials are to be placed on reserve, the Library must be contacted to ensure adherence to federal copyright law.

Last Updated: 7/21/14