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Library Reserves

Students! Check to see if your professor(s) has put your textbook or related course materials on reserve at the Library Reserves Desk:

  1. Browse the new LibGuides Library Reserves by course, professor, or subject
  2. Several library reserve books (some textbooks, some related readings) are available in electronic form:
    Search the library catalog for immediate availability online.

Faculty Requests to add Course Reserves

Submit a reserves request via the E-reserves request form

Feel free to contact us through the Ask Us Anything form for assistance.

How soon do I have to return Reserve materials?

Reserves items may be borrowed one item at a time. Reserves are first-come, first-served; we are unable to hold Reserves items for later pickup and cannot renew these items.

Loan periods

1. Three-hour loans

  • Only one item is loaned to an individual at a time
  • Item due at the Reserves Desk three (3) hours after check out
  • Items charged out less than 1 hour before building closing time will be due within two hours of the next opening time
    (becomes an overnight loan).

2. One-day loans 

  • Items due back to Reserves Desk before closing time the day after check out

3. Three-days loan

  • Items due back to Reserves Desk before closing time three (3) days after check out

4. Seven-days loan (Graduate Courses Only)

  • Items due back to Reserves Desk before closing time seven (7) days after check out

Overdue Fines on Reserve Materials

  • Three-hour reserve (overnight loans): $1.00 per hour to a maximum of $100.00.
  • One, three, and seven-day reserve: $5.00 per day to a maximum of $100.00.

All fines are due and payable when the overdue item is returned. Payment by check, money order, or cash will be accepted. When a reserve item is overdue or reserve fines are charged against your record, you are blocked from further library transactions and a library hold is placed on your student record.

Note: All reserve transactions require presentation of a valid Shippensburg University I.D.

Textbooks on Reserve

For Students

  • This Semester's New Top 10 Textbooks--On Print Reserve:
    • list is being prepared
  • New E-Textbooks Available 
    There may be more e-textbooks than this list. Check the library catalog. There may be multiple copies of the textbooks below.
    • Biology: Campbell Biology (11th Edition)
    • Chemistry: Organic Chemistry (6th Edition) (2021) (doesn't include the study guide)
    • Communication: Practical Strategies for Technical Communication (4th Edition)
    • Earth Science: Understanding Weather and Climate (7th Edition)
    • Exercise Science: Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance (11th Edition)
    • Exercise Science: The Psychology of Exercise: Integrating Theory and Practice (5th Edition)
    • Geography: Planning in the USA: Policies, Issues, and Processes (4th Edition)
    • Gerontology: Issues in Aging (4th Edition)
    • History: Ancient Civilizations (5th Edition)
    • History: Voyages in World History (4th Edition)
    • Management: Fundamentals of Human Resource Management: People Data and Analytics (1st Edition)
    • Political Science: Public Administration: An Introduction (3rd Edition) 
    • Political Science: We the People (14th Edition)
    • Psychology: Abnormal Psychology (2021)
    • Psychology: Psychology: A Concise Introduction (6th Edition)
    • Psychology: The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination (3rd Edition)Scientific American Environmental Science for a Changing World (4th Edition)
    • Sociology: Sociology of Health, Healing and Illness (10th Edition)
    • UNIV101: U-Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life) (2021)


For Faculty:

  • The library purchases a limited number of textbooks for its “Textbooks on Reserve” service, and it encourages you to participate by placing a personal copy of your textbook on reserve at the Circulation Desk for one or two semesters. At the end of the semester(s), your textbook will be returned to you. For more information, contact library circulation at X1461 or libcirc@ship.edu.

  • Looking for an alternative to a traditional textbook? Library faculty are willing to assist you in identifying no-cost open educational resources to support your courses. You can speak to Aaron Dobbs, library department chair and scholarly communications librarian, at X1018 or awdobbs@ship.edu for more information.