Frequently Asked Questions
What are Reserves?
Reserves are items which instructors have designated for special class use and can include books, films, sound recording, articles, and maps.
How do I find out what items are on reserve for my course?
By using the Course Reserves Search in the library catalog. You can search by your class number (start with the department abbreviation, e.g CHEM 3310 or Hist 1030) or your instructor's last name.
Where do I go to check-out Reserve items?
All Reserve materials are held at the Main Circulation Desk, which is near the west entrance of the library on the 2nd floor of the El Pomar Center. Provide the desk attendant with the title of the item you want and they'll pull it from the shelf for you.
How do I check-out a Reserve item?
To check-out a reserve item you must to present your UCCS ID card or a valid Government issued ID (driver's license, passport, military ID).
How long can I keep a Reserve item?
It depends. Instructors designate a check-out length of:
depending on the popularity of the item and the numbers of students enrolled in the course. The circulation period will be clearly labeled on the front of the item.
Can I renew Reserve items?
No; in order to make them easily accessible to all students in the class we do not allow renewals.
Can I take Reserve items out of the library?
Yes, but be sure to bring them back on time! Severe fines are charged for any Reserve items which are returned late.
Can I return Reserve items in the book drop?
It's not recommended. Books drops are checked twice daily; right when we open and right before we close. Most Reserve items circulate for 2-hours or 4-hours; if you place them in the book drop after we've check it in the morning they won't get checked-in until late in the evening and you could accrue overdue charges, which will not be waived. It's always best to hand them to the desk attendant, who will ensure that they are checked-in immediately.
Does the library have a copy of my textbook?
Maybe! Some instructors choose to place a copy of the course text on Reserve. You can check by using the Course Reserves Search in the library catalog. You can search by your class number (start with the department abbreviation, e.g CHEM 3310 or Hist 1030) or your instructor's last name. If it is not available through Reserve you can use the library catalog to search the library collection or try ordering a copy through Prospector.