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Course Reserves Services

Course Reserves Policies

Note: Some of the following information is specific to the Course Reserves services at the Pattee/Paterno Libraries. For information on the services provided elsewhere, please consult your library's Course Reserves webpage or contact the Course Reserves staff at your location.


General Policies

Loan Periods

Reserves desk signThe loan period for all circulating book reserves materials at Pattee Library is two hours.

Please note: Course Reserves materials must be returned to the same service desk from which they were borrowed. Items returned to another desk or library may accrue overdue fees while in transit to their original location.

Overdue Fees

Fees for overdue Course Reserves materials are assessed at the rate of $1/hour for each hour overdue, including overnight, to a possible maximum of $100. For unreturned material, additional replacement and processing fees may also be assessed.

Patrons who do not return items within 48 hours of the date/time due will be billed for replacement costs and processing fees for each item overdue. Replacement and processing fees are charged in addition to any overdue fees.


For Instructors

Item Limits

The limit on items (physical and electronic reserves) that may be placed on reserve for a given course and instructor per semester is 35. Exceptions to this limit will be made for senior seminars, graduate courses, World Campus courses, and with the permission of the Reserves Coordinator. Please contact Chris Holobar for more information.

Processing Times

Reserve materials are processed as follows:

Reserves Services desk rear viewBook reserves are processed in order of submission. For fastest processing, we encourage you to bring library and/or personal copies of the requested items to the Lending Services Desk after completing the request form.

Electronic reserves are processed according to the "need-by" dates provided by the instructor in the request form. Processing requires 3-4 days on average once the request and photocopies are submitted. Last-minute requests can usually be accomodated during regular office hours.

Please note: Processing times are approximate and will vary depending on the time of the semester, the amount and availablility of materials, and other factors. Although we are committed to making Course Reserve materials available when needed, we cannot guarantee processing times.

"Permanent" Reserves

Only non-copyrighted materials such as exams or syllabi may be allowed to remain on electronic reserve indefinitely. All other physical and electronic materials, including materials owned by the University Libraries, will remain on reserve only during semesters when the course for which those materials were requested is in session. Please note that placing materials on reserve necessarily restricts the use of such materials by other patrons.

Archiving Electronic Reserves

Electronic reserves are archived during periods when a course is not in session, for as long as the instructor teaches at Penn State. Archived files are not available online, but may be made available for future use at the request of an instructor.

Please note that it is a violation of copyright guidelines to maintain access to copyrighted material during periods when a course is not in session.