Course reserves are materials available through the Library that are placed on reserve by instructors to supplement classroom instruction. This material may or may not include a copy of the course textbook. Print (books and photocopies) and audiovisual materials are located at the Information Desk on the 1st Floor. Additionally, materials such as writing citation style manuals, biology models/samples, and GRE & PRAXIS study guides are kept permanently on reserve. Course reserves may be borrowed for a limited loan period to ensure access by all students in a course.
Some of your instructors may also post assigned course readings as electronic or digital audio reserves. E-reserves and audio reserves are accessible 24/7 from any computer connected to the Internet.
When requesting print or audiovisual reserves at the Information Desk, please provide the item's call number. Library staff will then retrieve the item for you. Search PittCat for a known title, using the Course Reserves search scope. You can filter your results list by Course Code or Course Name if needed. Or you can browse Course Reserves by searching for an instructor's name, course name, or course code. Printed reserve lists are also maintained in a binder at the Information Desk.
Only two reserve items may be used at one time. 2-hour reserves may be renewed once. Extended loan reserves have no renewals. 2-hour reserves may also be borrowed overnight two hours before the library closes, and must be returned the following morning within the first hour the library opens to avoid any fines.
Overdue fines are $1.00 per hour for 2-hour reserves and $1.00 per day for 24-hour, 3-day, and 7-day reserves.
Can I make photocopies of reserve materials?
Owen Library staff will photocopy materials on request at $.25 per page. Staff will endeavor to provide photocopy orders of 10 pages or less at time of request. Larger photocopy orders will generally be ready by day's end. Please keep in mind that copyright laws are applicable to course reserves. Any photocopying that you do should be limited to scholarly purposes.
Is there a scanner I can use in the Library?
There are two scanners available for public use at no charge. They are located on the 1st Floor.
If your instructor has placed recordings on audio reserves, you will be able to access them 24/7 through Box on any computer connected to the Internet. Your instructor will provide you with the link.
If your instructor has placed materials on E-reserves, you will be able to access them 24/7 from any computer connected to the Internet. You will need a password to access the readings and this should have been given to you by your instructor. The Library does not distribute passwords.
Some tips about downloading readings on E-reserve:
How can I print?