Biology Library FAQs

Course Reserves

Where are the reserve materials for Biology courses?   (see UIUC Library Course Reserves Video)

Electronic Reserves (Articles, book chapters, lecture notes, exams, reserves lists)

Articles, book chapters, lecture notes, exams, reserves lists, and other select photocopied items are processed as electronic reserves.  To access electronic reserves, search the UIUC Online Library CatalogClick on Course Reserves.  Select course number or instructor name from appropriate drop box. Click on desired record from the list.  Click E-Items  link on the item record.  Click link of desired title.  Click View the Reserve Item.  The .pdf version will open.  Read the Copyright restrictions information. For complete instructions see tutorial.

Note :   You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open .pdf files.  All library computers have this loaded.  To obtain free software for your personal computer, go to Adobe Reader at <> to download. 

E-reserves can be printed either inside or outside of the library. PaperCut is the Library’s public-printing system.  If printed within the U of I library system, black-and-white printouts are 10 cents a page. (See Public Printing FAQ for information about color printing available at Undergraduate Library which you can print to from any Library unit.)

Students, faculty, or staff can charge printouts to their University Account.  When paying cash, printouts will need to be picked up and payments may be made at the Undergraduate Library Circulation desk.  For more information, see “ How can I print from the Biology Library’s computers?

Print Reserves (Books, booklets, and course packs)

Books, booklets, and course packs placed in Course Reserves for the Schools of Integrative Biology (SIB) and Molecular & Cellular Biology (SMCB) and selected other courses are shelved at the Funk ACES Library, Chemistry Library, or Undergraduate Library. Check the library catalog for each item's location. Every borrower must show a valid I-card.

Print items are checked out for two hours.  Note:  Be sure to get these items returned on time. Fines for over due reserves mount quickly  (see Billing).


How do I find out what is on reserve for my class?

Go to the UIUC Library Online Catalog,  and click Course R eserves. Select either the appropriate Instructor or Course from the drop down menu(s).   Then click Search to retrieve a list of reserved titles with course instructor's name for that course.  Click on the title to see the title record for more details, including the location. Access electronic reserves directly via the link available from the UIUC Online Library Catalog record.  If you need help with the UIUC Online Library Catalog, contact a library staff member.


How do I obtain items that are on reserve?

To check out a reserve item, find out which library is holding the item (see above), and go to that library's Circulation Desk. Reserve items may be checked out for 2 hours only.


Do I need my I-Card to check out reserve materials?

Yes, you must present your I-Card to the Circulation Desk staff when checking out reserve materials.


How long can I keep reserve materials?

Reserve materials can be checked out for 2 hours only, with no renewals. Items checked out within one hour of closing may be kept overnight but must be returned during the first hour the library is open the next day. Note:   Be sure to get these items returned on time.  Fines for over due reserves mount quickly  (see Fines).


Can reserve materials be renewed?

Reserve materials cannot be renewed online. They may be brought back to the desk and renewed in person if the staff member informs you that there are no other students waiting on the item.


How do I arrange electronic and print reserves?

To place items on reserve for a class you are teaching, see How to Put Course Materials on Reserve.


Contact the Biosciences Librarian:
Kelli Trei
(217) 244-2503