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Open Reserves: Information for Faculty

What are Open Reserves?

The Open Reserves collection is designed as a browsable centralized point from which assigned print readings are made available to all members of a class for library use only (or check out) at faculty request.  The Open Reserves collection is located at the back of the Learning Commons on the main floor of the library.

Faculty submitting books for reserve

To put an item on reserve for a course, you have two options: You can use our online form (Collins items only) to list the items and specify the conditions of the loan and other reserve information (we'll retrieve the items for you) OR you can bring the items to the Circulation desk and fill out the printed form specifying the conditions of the loan.  Only books from Collins Memorial Library will be accepted for Open Reserves.

These items are not accepted for Open Reserves:

  • Personal copies of books
    • (Unless your copy is donated to the library to add to the collection)
  • Faculty created anthologies
  • Summit books
  • Interlibrary Loan books
  • Media

Turnaround time: Please allow 48 hours to process reserve materials.

Faculty placing copies on reserve

If you need scanned copies of materials available for your class, please use our OCR for Canvas service. OCR for Canvas is a collaborative effort between departmental administrative assistants, Collins Library, Student Accessibility and Accommodation, and faculty to ensure the accessibility of course readings made available to our students via Canvas.  OCR (optical character recognition) in documents supports the principles of universal design for learning.  Running scanned documents through an OCR application is critical for our students who use screen readers or text-to-speech software, and it makes texts searchable for all students.  

I need to place a book on reserve, but we don't have it in Collins Library

Please email your liaison librarian to assist you with obtaining materials for the library collection.

I need to place a book on reserve, but it is checked out

Please email with the book information.  We will try to recall the item or purchase an additional copy for the collection.

Faculty removing books from Reserves

Service Desk staff will remove all Open Reserve materials at the end of each semester.

If a book needs to be removed prior to the end of the semester, please allow at least twenty-four hour notification, allowing library staff time to de-accession the material from the library system. All items will be returned to the library stacks.

To remove books from Open Reserve, please email the course name and book title(s) to



Questions about Open Reserves can be directed to