Trinity College Library

Course Reserves

The Course Reserve program provides controlled access to selected items that the Trinity faculty have designated as required reading, viewing, or listening for courses. Items may come from the Trinity collection, the collections of other CTW libraries, or personal copies. Resources from any other public or academic libraries will not be placed on reserve. Photocopies of any type are not accepted for this program.

Establishing a Course Reserve List

Faculty may submit lists of materials to be placed on reserve by completing an online Course Reserve Request Form.

Multiple copies of a title may be put on reserve when the circumstances of usage and class size dictate. Items are placed on reserve for a semester, and removed after final exams. 

Faculty select the loan periods for each of their reserve lists.

Print materials have one of two loan periods for all undergraduate and graduate students: “ 2 Hour In Building Use Only” or “24 Hours Out of Building Use”.  Media reserve items have a “3 Hour InBuilding Use Only" loan period.  Faculty may check out all types of reserve items for 24 hours.

Accessing Reserve Materials

Items on reserve are listed in the catalog, in the section labeled “Course Reserves”.  This list may be searched by the instructor’s surname or by the course number.
All reserve items are available from the Circulation Desk on Level A.  Ask for print materials by the professor’s surname and media items by their call numbers.  The loan period is printed on a label on the cover of the item.
Materials not returned by the due date/time are subject to a $2/hour fine up to a $20 maximum.
During periods when particular reserve items are being requested by multiple users, staff may limit the number of reserve items that may be charged out concurrently.