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Course Reserves

Course reserves are a collection of textbooks, study guides and other materials that are required by some professors for their classes. These items are placed in a controlled access area and given short loan periods to make them accessible to as many students as possible.

Check course reserves.

You must present your ID card and know the course number and/or instructor’s name to borrow reserve items.

The loan period for reserve materials is usually two hours (in-library use only) unless the instructor has specified otherwise.

Information for students

  • Course reserve materials are housed at the Circulation desk.
  • Items are organized by course number and/or instructor name.
  • The Online Catalog can be used to search for these items by Course or by Professor.
  • Student ID card is required to check out reserve materials, which are for in-library use only.
  • Loan period is two hours.
  • Items must be returned to the Circulation desk.
  • Textbooks can also be purchased or rented at the Follett Bookstore on campus.

Information for faculty

  • Request an item to be placed on reserve or visit the Library's Circulation desk to fill out the paper form.
  • Materials can be placed on reserve for one semester. For longer reserve periods, written proof of copyright permission is required.
  • Items to be placed on reserve must be owned by North Lake College Library or by the professor making the request.
  • For photocopies of articles or book chapters, complete citation information and the notice of copyright from the original publication must be included with the request form.
  • Limit reserve materials to a single article, single chapters of books or small parts of a work.
  • The library cannot reserve anthologies of readings or coursepacks prepared by the instructor, unless they are accompanied with written proof of copyright permission.
  • In general, copyright restrictions do not apply to government documents or works in the public domain.
  • Reserve of circulating book titles is limited to ten titles per class at any one time.
  • Reference and/or audio-visual materials may not be placed on course reserve status.
  • Materials will be removed from course reserve status and returned to the library's collection or, if owned by the instructor, returned to that instructor at the end of the term.
Central Campus 
972-273-3400 (Circulation) 
972-273-3401 (Reference) 
nlclibrary@dcccd.edu 

North Campus
972-860-4421 / 972-860-4422 

South Campus 
214-891-1349 

West Campus 
972-860-7873