Reserve Policy

  1. The Mount Union faculty and administration may set aside a selection of reading materials pertinent to a particular class or committee by placing these materials on reserve in the University Library. This will insure that all members of a class or committee will have an equal opportunity to use these materials.
  2. The Library staff recommends that there be one copy of a reserve item for every eight to ten users. It is the responsibility of the faculty to be certain there are an adequate number of copies for the amount of usage.
  3. Reserve materials may be library books, personal copies of books, magazines, microforms, video or cassette tapes, DVDs, government publications, photocopies of articles or links to URL’s for electronic reserves. Faculty should keep in mind the Copyright Law when making photocopies or electronic materials to be placed in reserve
  4. All faculty must fill out a Reserve Form to establish a reserve shelf. This can be done by completing an online form as found on the Library website. The Library staff must be notified of materials needed for the reserve shelf at least two working DAYS before the students will be coming to the library to access the reserve materials. A notification of less than two days will provide no guarantee that the materials will be available for class assignments.
  5. The professors selects the terms of circulation for each item from one of the following: In-Library: Material used only in the Library – four hours, one DAY, three DAY, one Week (seven days) or Electronic Reserve (available from the Mount Union Library web pages).
  6. Any variations with these usages must be cleared with the circulation manager or evening circulation assistant. Exceptions to these circulation terms would be non-circulating materials which would automatically be classified as In-Library Use.
  7. All course reserve materials are located at the circulation desk. Professors should direct their students to this desk where students may request to borrow any materials on reserve. The Library catalog will include information about reserve materials.
  8. Each faculty member must advise his/her students that a Purple Plu$ card is required to borrow reserve materials. Students will not be permitted to borrow without their card or to use someone else’s card.
  9. The Library staff will attach a barcode to each reserve item.

10.  Students will be emailed an overdue notice for any delinquent materials and billed for any lost materials.

11.  All reserve materials will be removed at the end of each semester unless the evening circulation assistant has been notified otherwise.

12.  There is a $5 per item per reserve period overdue fine for late returns.

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