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Course Reserves

Did you know that the most circulated item at the Snow College Libraries is Course Reserves?

Course reserves are class materials that are placed at the library front desk for short term use. Both Snow College Libraries have course reserve items that can be checked out for 2 hours, 3 hours, and 3 days. Materials typically include textbooks, but may also be other supplemental readings, as well as DVDs, anatomy models, maps, field glasses and even Zumba sticks. Faculty and staff on the Ephraim Campus can suggest items for reserve by filling out the request reserve form on the library’s website. Materials not owned by the library may be dropped off or arrangements can be made for library staff to pick up the items from individual offices. Items owned by the libraries may also be put on reserve. On the Richfield Campus, faculty and staff can send an email to Carol Kunzler or stop by the library to make a request.

There are many benefits to having items on reserve. Faculty and staff can rest assured that even when students’ books are late arriving in the mail, or if financial resources are stretched and students have not yet purchased their books, assignments can still be completed by referring students to the library course reserves. Obviously, the beginning of each semester is a busy time for adding reserve materials. Service bottlenecks can be avoided by allowing the library a few days to process the material so it can be ready to go when the students need it.

During the last school year, the most circulated items by our libraries were course reserves, with over 5,300 items being checked out last year. Currently there are 509 items on reserve at the Huntsman Library and 384 items available at the Richfield Campus.

The library welcomes all faculty and staff to stop by and ask about course reserves. We are here to help make your classes and students successful.