Course Reserves

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Why should Faculty use Course Reserves?

When several students are assigned readings or given the same topic to research, they may have difficulty obtaining material if the regular three-week loan period is used. Books placed on reserve may be signed out for only 24 hours or 3 days.  If articles from journals or magazines are assigned, placing the article on reserve will help ensure that the article is available when students need it. Students can find course reserves by looking up "Course Reserves Material" in the Online Library Catalogue (OPAC) .

Please allow 48 hours notice for processing reserve requests.

How to put BOOKS on reserve

Any book in the library collection may be put on reserve as may personal copies. Reserve materials are shelved behind the circulation desk. Students may access the article through the Library Online Catalogue. Please note that books obtained through inter-library loan may NOT be placed on reserve.

To place a book on reserve complete our online Course Reserve Request Form

How to put ARTICLES on reserve

Articles from journals, subscription databases  or the web may also be put on reserve.

If the article appears in any of the databases to which the Library subscribes, such as the EBSCOhost databases, or it is legally accessible from an open website, it will appear as an e-reading in the library catalogue and be linked to the instructor and the course. Students may access the article through the Library Online Catalogue.  Articles must be obtained from journals to which the Library subscribes  or from personal subscriptions. Please note that articles obtained through inter-library loan may NOT be placed on reserve.

Please bring original journal issues to the library. They will be kept at the circulation desk under the instructor’s name. Students may borrow articles for 2 hours. Please allow 48 hours notice for processing reserve requests.

To place an article on reserve complete our online Course Reserve Request Form

What about copyright?

All use of material placed on reserve must comply with permitted use under the Canadian Copyright Act.

Photocopies for reserve are permitted under certain further  restrictions as follows:

  • The use of library reserve must not substitute for the purchase of books, course packs or other published materials.
  • The paper copies are made at the request of an instructor in respect of a specific course of instruction offered by RRC.
  • The library has received from the instructor a written acknowledgement confirming that the copies are intended as an optional and supplementary source of information for students and that the copies amount to no more than 25 per cent of the required reading for the course.
  •  One paper copy for each 30 students in a course of instruction up to a maximum of 3 may be made.
  • Each paper copy shall contain, on at least one page, the name of the author or artist (where known), the title of the publication from which the copy was made, the name of the publisher of that publication and the following statement:
    • This copy is made solely for the use by a student, staff member, faculty member or library patron for research, private study, review, criticism or news reporting. Any other use may be an infringement of copyright if done without securing the permission of the copyright owner.

Students who borrow reserve material must comply with the following:

  • Prior to lending the paper copy to a student, the library has received from the student a written acknowledgement which declares:
    1. that he or she is a student enrolled in the applicable course of instruction at RRC,
    2. that the student requires the copy for research, private study, review, criticism or news reporting, and
    3. that the student will not use the copy for any other purposes;
  • Where the student uses the copy for review (e.g. course assignments), criticism or news reporting, the student must mention:
    1. the source; and
    2. if given in the source, the name of the author of the work