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How to Put Course Materials on Reserve


Selected Course Reserves materials for the Schools of Integrative Biology (SIB) and Molecular & Cellular Biology (SMCB) and occasionally other courses are done by the Biology Library.  Electronic reserves (e-reserves) for journal articles, individual book chapters, lecture notes, exams, and reserves lists is being implemented starting Fall 2003 and will be processed through the Undergraduate Library.  Books, course packs, and similar material will not be affected and will be kept as before in the Biology Library.  Details with instructions follow below.  See Biology Library  FAQ's Course Reserves for information how to locate Biology Library Reserves materials.  Note: Professors please share this information with your TAís. 


Print Reserves:  Books, Booklets, or Course Packs   Books, booklets, or course packs to be placed on Reserve should be given to Fay Weatherspoon in the Biology Library (4-3590;  MC-112).. Allow at least 24 hours for processing these items during the semester, more time at the beginning of the semester. If material is brought in after 3 PM on Fridays, it may not be available to students until Monday afternoon. Fay also needs your reserves as soon as possible at the beginning of each semester, preferably well before the semester begins. When you bring reserves to the library, please make sure you include a note with the course number, the professorís and TAís names, and a phone number in case of questions. Do not put books or articles in the Reserve area yourself! They must be processed first.


Either library books or personal copies can be placed on reserve. Personal copies are generally marked Room Use Only, so that students can not take them out of the library.   Security strips will be put in personal copies unless otherwise requested.   The Biology Library does not purchase general, basic-level textbooks, and our collection of more specialized textbooks is not extensive. It is appropriate to request advanced textbooks for reserve, if they are not the required textbook for the course. If you arenít sure if the library already owns a copy of the textbook, please request it as soon as possible. It can take up to 6 weeks to purchase a copy.


Electronic Reserves:  Articles, Book Chapters, Lecture Notes, Exams, Reserve Lists    Materials that are appropriate for electronic reserves are  articles, book chapters, lecture notes, exams, reserves lists, and selected other material types that can be photocopied.  Materials will be scanned and a link provided from the Course Reserves section of the online catalog under your course name.  If the article is already available electronically, a direct link to the article will be made. To access electronic reserves, search the Course Reserves section by course number or instructor's name from the UIUC Online Library Catalog where items can then be linked to. 


E-reserves for the Biology Library are handled through the Undergraduate Library (UGL).  Electronic Reserves can be taken care of by dropping off your reserves list(s) and one clean, one-sided photocopy of the item(s) or the URL of electronic articles along with your E-Reserves Request form  at the UGL Service Desk, or mailed to the Information Processing & Management Center at the Undergraduate Library, MC-522.  For further details, see the Undergraduate Library Electronic Reserves Frequently Asked Questions which includes instructions, the E-Reserves Request Form, and the UIUC Library copyright Policy: Guidelines for Electronic Reserves.  If you have questions about the electronic reserves process, contact the Information Processing & Management staff at UGL (; 4-3773).


Requests are usually processed within 48 hours, although the more advance notice you can give them the better, especially at the beginning of the semester. The library will take care of copyright clearance for articles that exceed the Fair Use provisions.  Only people logging in from campus IP addresses or with campus NetID's will be able to access the e-reserve materials.  The current turnaround time is provided from the UGL Reserve Services Web page and updated every business day morning.


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