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Fall 2020 Library Reserves:

Print Reserves Largely Moved to Electronic Request or Availability

  1. All “reserve” books have been purchased in electronic form when available and financially possible. Check the library catalog for immediate availability online.
  2. If a reserve material isn’t available as an e-book, you may submit a request for up to 10% (or a chapter, if it doesn’t exceed 10%) of a work to be received digitally. If you need more than this, you should pursue options to purchase or rent the text privately. Contact the bookstore with textbook questions.
  3. If the library owns multiple copies of a reserve book, a copy may be available for 24 hour (or more) borrowing followed by a 3 day quarantine. This option will not be available for all books. Inquire at the circulation desk about the book you are interested in.

Guidance For Faculty

  1. If you submit a single copy of a physical book that under normal circumstances would have been a 3 hour reserve item, this semester it will be placed on the lower level to be available for scanning as requested by students.
  2. Any additional copies of a physical book will be available for students to check out for 24 hours or more followed by a 3 day quarantine.
  3. Due to the unique circumstances of this semester, it may be preferable for students to pursue their own copies of textbooks whenever possible.
  4. Online library reserves remain in ARES as usual.

Course Reserves (ARES)

ARES is where professors can store copyrighted materials for class use.

Student Menu Log in to ARES with your Ship email address and Password. 

  • Your courses with ARES Reserves will be listed on your ARES homepage. 
  • If you do not see a course you expect, please
    • Search for your course(s), if you do not find it:
      Check your D2L course or ask your professor where to find the items.
  • Feel free to email for assistance.

Course Reserves

Loan Periods

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.