What are Course Reserves?

Our course reserve collection includes books, articles, videos, and music that have been given shorter loan periods as designated by instructors for use in specific courses. The course reserve collection is for classes that are currently being taught and is designed to increase textbook (and video) access and affordability to our students when available.

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

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Instructors: How Do I Place Items on Course Reserve?

Professors may place current library materials or personal copies of material(s) 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 form below.

The Courtright Memorial Library prefers to place library-owned copies on course reserves. If we do not already own an item, please submit an Acquisitions Request or email LibTS@otterbein.edu 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)

General purchase requests for items that you would like to be considered for adding to the library’s collection but do not necessarily need to be put on Course Reserves at this time may also be requested via the Acquisitions Request Form.

To permanently donate a personally owned item to the library collection, please email our Gifts-in-Kind Coordinator at LibTS@otterbein.edu. Donations are not accepted at the library without prior communication with the Gifts-in-Kind Coordinator.

The following cannot be placed on Course Reserve:

  • Any item that has been previously discarded from our collection may not be placed on course reserve.
  •  Copies or scans of articles, book chapters, personal study guides, etc.

To assist students in gaining access to those items that cannot go on Course Reserve we recommend instructors work with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) or Information Technology Services (ITS) to upload those items to that course’s Blackboard. Copyright questions regarding these items should be addressed to Allen Reichert (614.823.1164 or PReichert@otterbein.edu).

Place Materials on Course Reserves

  • Please complete the fields below and submit.

  • Instructor Information
  • Course Number (ie. INST 1000)*
  • Reserve Item Information


Removing Items from Course Reserve

At the end of each term Circulation Supervisors will reach out to all instructors 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 or individual departments will be returned to the individual or their department’s administrative assistant and library owned items will be returned to the main collection.

If instructors 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.

Please see the Library’s full Schedule of Operations for additional information.

Contact the Library

138 West Main Street.
Westerville, OH 43081

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