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Reserves Information for Faculty


Reserve Request Process is for CSULB Faculty ONLY



As an instructor, you may provide Course Reserve materials for your students to access via the library (traditional) or online (electronic).


Reserve Process

To place materials (books/media, book chapters, journal articles) on Reserve for your Course:

  1. Submit Request
    • Complete the Reserve Request form: Fill out Instructor and Course information, and specify the materials you want to place on Reserve.

  2. Wait for email confirmation
    • Once you submit your request, the Reserve Services team will work on it in a timely manner. Please allow one week lead time. You will receive an email when the request has been completed.

  3. Notify students

    • Once you have been notified that all reserve materials are available, provide your students with the course password (as you specified on the Reserve Request form) as well as the URL to access Course Reserves.

Add Additional Items

To Add more materials to your Course Reserve, search for your original request and specify the materials you want to place on Reserve. Please wait for another confirmation email before notifying students of the update.

Browser Requirements

For many of the electronic reserve items you will be using, there are browser requirements that you may need to configure on your computer. Please make sure you have the following:

  • Javascript enabled
  • Cookies enabled
  • Adobe Reader

Frequently Asked Questions


Why place items on reserve?

  • To ensure that intensively used reading assignments for a class are available to all students in the class.
  • To enable students in the class to access assigned article readings on a 24/7 basis, if available online.
  • To be sure that materials assigned are in compliance with copyright regulations.

What kinds of materials can be placed on reserve?

  • Books
    • from the CSULB Library collection
    • owned by the faculty member (Although the book will be returned to you at the end of the semester, your book may be stamped/marked for tracking/security purposes.)
  • Media (movies, sound recordings)
    • from the CSULB Library collection
    • owned by the faculty member. (Item must be in its original packaging. No reproductions will be accepted.)
  • Journal articles *
  • Book chapters *

* Items will be available 24/7 via your course through the Reserves page.

Can I place items on reserve in person?

Yes, materials may be placed on reserve in person by visiting the circulation service desk located on the first floor of the library.

How long does it take to process a request?

  • Items already available at CSULB Library normally can be processed within 24 - 48 hours.
  • If items are not available at the CSULB Library (including new books), please allow 7-10 working days for the library to obtain materials.

Remember: the beginning of the semester is very busy and delays may occur. Requesting your course and materials four weeks in advance will help avoid delays.

What if an item I need for reserve is not available at the CSULB library?

  • If you request an article that is not available in our print, microform, or electronic collections, the library staff will acquire a copy of the article on your behalf.
  • If you request a book that is not available in our collections, and funds are available, the library staff will RUSH order it for your course. After your course concludes and you no longer need the book for Reserve, the book will be placed in the library's collection.

How do students access reserve materials?

  • Students will need to use the Reserves web page to access both traditional and electronic Reserve materials.
  • A course password is REQUIRED to access materials in electronic format.
  • The Library does not have access to your password and cannot provide the password to your students.
  • Traditional reserve materials are located on the lower level of the Library.
  • You may want to review the information for students using Reserve Services.

Why do I need to provide a course password?

To comply with copyright guidelines for electronic reserves, a course password is REQUIRED to access materials in electronic format.

The course password which you provide to the students enrolled in your course is something you create when you complete your course reserve request.

Is there a limit on how many reserve items I can assign for a course?

Yes, 10 items each of Books/Media, Book Chapters, Journal Articles, and Digital Files is the limit per instructor per course.

What do I need to know about copyright?

Copyright permission is required for any copyrighted material NOT owned by the library and used for the same instructor for more than one semester.

The University Library and the University Bookstore work together to obtain required copyright permission for faculty, and the library pays copyright fees (up to a limit).

What if I need help?

If you have questions or concerns about reserves, please contact us by: