Course Reserves Information for Faculty

Our course reserve collection includes books, articles, videos, and music that have been given shorter loan periods as designated by professors for use in specific courses. The course reserve collection is for classes that are currently being taught and is designed to give students better access to texts and videos that can assist them in those classes.

For more information or questions about Course Reserves, contact our Circulation Supervisor at 614-823-1215 or email circ@otterbein.edu.

Place Materials on Course Reserves

  • Please complete the fields below and submit.

  • Instructor Information
  • Course (ex. INST 200)
  • Reserve Item Information

Professors: How Do I Place Items on Course Reserve?

Professors may place current library materials or personal copies of material on reserve. Please note that requests submitted Sunday-Thursday take up to 48 hours to pull and process, those requests submitted Friday-Saturday can take up to 72 hours. Please plan accordingly.

To submit your request online, please submit the above form.

The Courtright Memorial Library prefers to place library owned copies on course reserve. If we do not already own an item, please submit an Acquisitions Request or email our Technical Services Coordinator, Elizabeth Zeitz and include the following information:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Publication Date/Edition
  • ISBN (if known)
  • Instructor’s Name & Course Number
  • Term to be used on reserve
  • Requested Loan Period (2 hours, 1 day, 3 days, or 7 days)
  • Any other notes (for purchasing or circulation use)

To submit purchase requests for items not to be added to Course Reserve please see the Acquisitions Request link above.

To donate a personally owned item permanently into the library collection please submit a Gift in Kind Acceptance Form  or email our Technical Services Coordinator, Elizabeth Zeitz

Please note, any item that has been previously discarded from our collection may not be placed on course reserve.

Removing Items from Course Reserve

At the end of each term Circulation Supervisors will reach out to all professors with items currently in our course reserve collection to determine if the items are needed again for the following term. Items needed for the following term will be left on reserve. Items not needed in the next term will be removed from reserve; those items owned by faculty will be returned to them or their department’s administrative assistant and library owned items will be returned to the main collection.

If faculty wish to remove items from course reserve before the end of the academic term please submit that request via email to circ@otterbein.edu and a Circulation Supervisor will process that request and email you within 48 hours with pick up instructions.

The Courtright Memorial Library also reserves the right to remove items from course reserve if the item has not been utilized for more than 2 years while on reserve. Items removed from reserve will be placed back in our public collection as Local Circulation Only and thus will only be accessible to the Otterbein community.

Note Regarding Copyright

It is the responsibility of the faculty member to ensure that all materials placed on reserve comply with the educational fair use provisions of US Copyright Law. If you have questions about whether or not your items qualify, please reach out to Allen Reichert (614.823.1164 or PReichert@otterbein.edu).

Search the Course Reserves

Our course reserve collection includes books, articles, videos, and music that have been given shorter loan periods as designated by professors for use in specific courses. The course reserve collection is for classes that are currently being taught and is designed to give students better access to texts and videos that can assist them in those classes.

How do I search the Course Reserves?

  1. On your Web browser, open the OPAL Catalog.
  2. Under Course Reserves, enter your search term in the appropriate field:
    • Course Search (e.g., INST 2001)
    • Instructor Search (last name, first)
  3. If more than one course is listed for an instructor, click the course title to see the respective materials.

For how long can I borrow Course Reserve items?

Our Course Reserve collection includes books, articles, videos, and music that have been given shorter loan periods as designated by professors for use in specific courses.

Loan Periods
2 Hour (Library Use Only) These materials circulate for 2 hours and may not pass the security gate at the entrance to the main part of the library. This loan period is only available for Faculty Owned reserves (if requested) and any other items that the library deems appropriate.
2 Hour These materials circulate for 2 hours but have no location based usage restrictions.
1 Day The materials are due at the time the library closes on the day specified.
3 Days The materials are due at the time the library closes on the day specified.
7 Days The materials are due at the time the library closes on the day specified.

Contact the Library

138 West Main Street.
Westerville, OH 43081
614-823-1215
library@otterbein.edu

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