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Course Reserves

Find a Course Reserve 

Course Reserves are located at the library's Information Desk.  A Monmouth College ID will be needed to check out a reserve item.  Unless otherwise stated, reserve items circulate for 2 hours in the building.  Viewing rooms are available for students who need to watch or listen to media items.

A current, searchable list of Course Reserves is available in the library's catalog.

You will need the following to check out a course reserve:

  • Your MC ID card
  • Name of the professor teaching the course
  • The course number
  • The title and author of the item you wish to check out

Copyright Compliance Policy

One-time use of an article for course reserve purposes is covered under the Fair Use portion of U.S. Copyright Law. When reserving articles for consecutive semestersfaculty are responsible for obtaining permission from the publisher and placing a copy of the permission letter on file at the Library. Contact the Hewes Library director for additional information, (309)457-2192.

Faculty: Placing Items on Reserve for a Course

The process

To place an item (library book, article, media, or personal item) on course reserve, complete a Hewes Library Reserve Form, available below and at the Library Information Desk.

Hewes Library materials and your personal items may be placed on reserve. The library CANNOT place I-Share items or items owned by other libraries or community businesses (for example, Family Video) on reserve due to copyright restrictions.

Please allow 48 hours for processing. At times of high volume, especially at semester's beginning, processing may take longer. For this reason, we recommend that reserve forms be submitted well in advance of their anticipated date of first use.

Tell your students

In order for your students to quickly and easily locate the materials you have placed on course reserve, please ensure that you have communicated to them the following information:

  • Professor's name
  • Course number
  • Title of item
  • Author of item
  • Format (book, article, video, etc.)

By default, course reserve items are used in-house only, for a loan period of two hours. Each patron can check out two reserve items simultaneously. If you would prefer other terms of circulation, please contact us.

Semester's end

At the end of each semester, all items lose their course reserve status. Hewes Library materials will be reshelved, and unclaimed personal copies will be returned to their owners via campus mail. If you would like to place an item on reserve for consecutive semesters, please contact us beforehand (and be sure to read the copyright compliance policy below).