USM Libraries

Course Reserve Policies

General Information

The primary purpose of Reserves is to make limited copies of required course material available in an equitable manner. Reserve material may include required readings, course notes or syllabi, past exams and audio/visual materials. Reserve material may also be in electronic format and available for viewing on the Internet.

Reserve materials are generally located in the Library on the campus where the course is offered. Materials are shelved and circulated from the Circulation Department and are accessible whenever the Libraries are open. Electronic reserve items are available, via the Internet, at all times.

A barcoded Library card must be presented to borrow Reserve material. Reserve items are to be used by Faculty, staff and students with a current USM Card.

Reserve Loans

Reserve materials circulate for either:

    2 hours
    24 hours
    3 days

Reserve materials are not renewable.

Two reserve items may be borrowed at a time.

Holds and recalls are not allowed on reserve materials.

Overdue Policy

Reserve materials are due at the circulating campus Library by the date/time due.

    Fines $2.00 per hour/day
    Billed item charge $35.00
    Processing charge $10.00

Overdue notices are a courtesy and the Library takes no responsibility for the non-receipt of overdue notices.

How to find Reserves on URSUS

From the main menu screen on URSUS, select "R" Course Reserves. You may search the Reserves list by by professor "P" or Course name or number "C". Select the Reserve course for your campus and the list of materials on reserve for the course will be displayed.

How to Obtain Reserve Materials

Reserve materials are filed by the Course Number and then Title of the Item. Please have your library card ready when requesting reserves. Reserve items are to be used by Faculty, staff and students with a current USM Card.

Electronic Reserves Service

Select reserve items may be available on the Internet. These items are located through Electronic Reserves under Quicklinks.

Copyright Information

The U.S.M. Libraries will adhere to the provisions of fair use as described in the U.S. Copyright Law.