Course Reserves in the Library

Course Reserves is a collection of books, media, and other materials designed to supplement required course textbooks.

Students

  • Physical and electronic course reserve materials can be searched through the Course Reserves list, by title in OneSearch, or through the eBook Textbook List.
  • Physical course reserves are loaned for 2, 4, 24, or 48 hours depending on the material.
  • To check out, present the call number and your SFSU OneCard at the Book Checkout & Pickup Desk on the first floor of the J. Paul Leornard Library. To avoid overdue fees, return all course reserve items to the Book Checkout & Pickup Desk. Do not place in the book returns.
  • Electronic course reserves may have usage restrictions. Restrictions, such as single user access, will be listed on the record in OneSearch. The ability to download, save, or email the full or partial text varies by title.
  • For more information, please email circmail@sfsu.edu.

Accessibility

Users with a disability who need a longer loan period for physical course reserve materials should contact the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) at dprc@sfsu.edu or at (415) 338-2472 and they will arrange for accommodations with us on their behalf.

Suggest a Purchase

If the library does not have the book you need, you may Suggest a Purchase.

 

Faculty

Faculty may place physical and electronic materials on Course Reserves for their students using the Course Reserve Request Form. SF State Login required.

Physical Materials

  • The library accepts physical item requests for on-campus and hybrid courses.
  • Library owned physical materials will be pulled from the general collection for the duration of the course.
  • Faculty may also lend personal copies of items for students to check out. Please fill out the Course Reserve Request Form before dropping items off at the first floor Book Checkout & Pickup Desk.
  • To better serve you and your students, please allow one week to process materials.

Electronic Materials

Library owned electronic materials may be added to the Course list. Due to copyright restrictions, the library is unable to place personal electronic materials on Course Reserves.

Faculty may also:

  • Embed links to articles and books available electronically directly into iLearn or Canvas
  • Scan and upload materials into iLearn or Canvas.
    • Scanners available on a first-come first-serve basis in the Study Commons on the ground floor.
    • If you would like assistance learning to scan materials for your classes, please stop by the Ground Floor Study Commons during scheduled open hours.
    • For help with iLearn, send an email to ilearn@sfsu.edu, call (415) 405-5555, or use the built-in chat in many iLearn courses.

Purchase Requests

If the library does not own the book needed for your course, you may submit a purchase request throuh the Course Reserve Request Form.

The library will typically purchase one copy of books we do not already own. The library will attempt to purchase class materials with the exception of textbooks and study guides. Textbooks are designed to provide a compilation of established knowledge in a particular subject or field, and they are usually produced to meet the instructional needs of educators at teachinng institutions. Textbooks are not typically collected by libraries for several reasons, including cost and the frequent production of new editions with similar content. Additionally, textbook publishers typically do not allow libraries to purchase their books in electronic format.

eBooks with multi-user access will be prioritized, as costs allow, to enable the broadest possible access.

Physical materials will be purchased if the course is being taught with an on-campus component and the material is not available in a resonably priced electronic format.

Affordable Learning

If you would like assistance identifying affordable learning alternatives, please contact your liaison librarian or visit CEETL's OER Resource Hub.

Accessibility

To ensure accessibility of scanned materials, submit your scanned materials to the Accessible Media Quick Converter, an online service designed to produce simple and quick file conversions from PDF and MS Word files into accessible formats, including audio files.

Copyright

Guidance on copyright compliance: http://libguides.sfsu.edu/intellectual-property/copyright

 

Contact

For more information or to arrange a consultation, contact Deborah Chang at (415) 405-5522, or email debchang@sfsu.edu.