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Reserve Collection

All Library-owned books and instructor-owned books, tests, and papers placed on reserve are processed through the Circulation Department of the Axe Library. All reserve material, once processed, is available for query through the online catalog, and is available in both general search indexes, as well as in specific reserve indexes by departmental course, instructor, author, and title.

What ID is necessary for students?

All PSU students, faculty, and staff MUST present their PSU Photo ID at the time of each checkout. Other users must present a valid Library checkout card.

How much are the fines?

Fines on all reserve material are 25 cents PER HOUR for each hour the Library is open. If an item is significantly overdue by several days, we will attempt to call you and let you know the item is unavailable for the rest of the class. Since the Library is usually open between 10-15 hours a day, fines can be as much as $3.75 per day for one day overdue. The maximum amount of fine that can accrue is $20.00 per item; if the item is not returned, the patron will be billed $20 in fines plus processing fees and replacement cost of the item. If personal copies are lost, we will contact you to determine replacement cost.

How to place material on reserve

Items you wish to place on reserve (Library-owned books, personal copies, test, photocopies, etc.) should be brought to the Circulation Desk. Fill out a copy of the Reserve Material Form (PDF) and bring it with the material to be placed on reserve.

The Axe Library Reserve Copyright Compliance Guidelines, drawn from the 1976 Copyright Law, lists issues and restrictions for copyright compliance. The Copyright Compliance Form needs to be completed and brought to the desk for each copyrighted and photocopied title (article). Due to copyright and processing procedures, we hope to be able to process materials within 1-3 working days. However, incorrect or incomplete information on copyright forms will cause delays in the processing. If information is incomplete, Susan Johns Smith will be contacting you for proper information. No processing will occur until all copyright information is complete. Copyright forms need to be signed by the instructor, not the GA or secretary.

Realizing that both long and short reading assignments are usually photocopied by the students and read elsewhere, the following checkout times are recommended:

How do I know what is on my reserve?

At the end of each semester we will send you a printout indicating total use of each item by circulation (number of checkouts), so that you can see firsthand which items were actually used by your students over the course of a semester.

How to take material off reserve

Come by, call, or drop us a note. The "pink" withdrawal form helps us uniformly track what is being taken off, and material can be taken off mid-semester. Items which fall into copyright compliance categories will be returned to you automatically after the semester has ended if you do not take them off. We will send them back to you through campus mail.

Copyright Compliance Guidelines

Effective Summer 1995, photocopied material for faculty reserve will be processed only if accompanied by a signed Copyright Compliance Form. This form must be printed out, read, and signed by the instructor before processing of any articles that have been submitted for the instructor's Library reserve.

Guidelines of the Library, drawn from the 1976 Copyright Law, for placing photocopied materials on reserve are as follows:

"Fair Use" is outlined below. For more information on "Fair Use" guidelines, see the Office of Academic Affairs Memorandum 84-10 or call the Library. The Library reserves the right to request proof of copyright clearance.

Philosophical considerations

To use, or not to use: If the item on reserve is valuable or unique, you should seriously consider photocopying it for preservation and not place the original on reserve. Reserve items get USED, and (unfortunately), ABUSED, and (yes), sometimes RIPPED OFF.

Reserve is not a Fibber McGee's Closet: Reserve is the place for RAPID access and checkout. It is not a storage closet for items which may be of peripheral interest to your students. From time to time we will notate for you which items have/have not been used over a period of time. We therefore request your assistance in regularly removing items which you will no longer be using.

We are always happy to receive compliments and courteously delivered complaints.
Our goal is to make (and keep) your material accessible to ALL your students.

Last Modified: Jan 31, 2007 - 16:02

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