A Reserve item is a physical copy of a complete work that a course instructor has set aside in the Library for a course. Your instructor will tell you what readings are on Reserve for your course, usually through your syllabus.
A Reserve item can be a book, video, or any library item that can be signed out. Many (or all) of the students in your class may need to read this item during the week it's assigned. Because of this, the load periods are very short: usually 3 hours. They also have high fine rates if you don't get them back in time.
Reserve items are kept behind the Service Desk in the Library, shelved by call number To obtain an item, provide the Library staff with the call number, which you find through TOPCAT. The staff will sign out the item to you and tell you when it's due. Don't pass it on to a friend or take it home by mistake; if it's not returned within the 3 hour limit, you'll get large fines.
All Reserve items are listed in TOPCAT, under a
You can always find a Reserve item by author or title, but there are also specialized search options under the Reserves menu.
Information about Reserves policies and fines is on the Library website.
There are several places your instructors can put readings for courses:
Your syllabus should tell you where to find your readings.
Only "Reserves" are available through the Library. This tutorial shows how to find "Reserves" in the Library.
Click on "Reserves" in the top menu of TOPCAT.
You can also find Reserve items with a basic title or author browse, if you have that information. Usually it's quicker.
Here's a screen capture of the Reserves Search screen:
The Reserve search is a Browse, not a Keyword search.
Call numbers for Reserve items could be the same as a Library call number, if they're books from our shelves.
If they're the property of an instructor, they'll have a number beginning with "P", followed by 5 numbers. For example: P940432.
Here's a screen capture of a record of a book on Reserve.
Pick one of your current courses and check to see if anything is currently on Reserve for it.