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Course Reserves

A definitive guide on GMU Libraries Course Reserve services for students and faculty.

Faculty Updates - Course Reserves

COVID-19:
 

  • Course Reserves, in alignment with the Libraries Textbooks & E-First Statement, is now an E-only service for Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 due to COVID-19.
     
  • Physical materials on course reserve will not be able to circulate from Libraries’ Information Desks due to safety concerns for students. We have been working diligently to develop alternative methods to make print course reserves accessible.
     
  • Students that need chapters of these physical materials need to talk to their faculty about placing e-reserve requests for their course. 
     
  • Faculty, please go to the Faculty reserves page for further information on how this impacts the provision of Course Reserve services. 
     

Introducing Leganto! 

  • Staring April 30th 2021, the ILLiad webform that faculty use for requesting Course Reserve materials will be retired. 
     
  • George Mason University Libraries has adopted the ExLibris tool Leganto to provide a more seamless Course Reserves and Course Readings function with Blackboard, to better support our Faculty and Students in their teaching and learning, and to advance the broader strategic goals of George Mason University. 
     
  • Faculty may begin utilizing Course Reserves - Leganto as early as Spring 2021. For those interested, please navigate to our Course Reserves - Leganto subject guide to learn how. 

Types of Reserves Items

Physical Reserves: are books or media that faculty members place on temporary reserve for the semester to circulate for a shortened-loan period for their course. Items circulate as 2-hour, 4-hour (media only), 1-day, 3-day, or 7-loan periods. All physical reserves are located behind the information desks at the Fairfax, Arlington, and Mercer libraries. 

Electronic Reserves (e-Reserves): are book chapters or articles that are requested by faculty to made electronically available via Blackboard. 

Permanent Reserves: The University Libraries has small “Permanent Reserve" collections.  These consist of items determined - based upon value, usage and/or theft patterns - to require restricted in-library-use only access. This is distinct from Course Reserves, which are linked to a specific course for the length of the term. If a faculty member thinks an item should be evaluated for Permanent Reserve, they need to contact their subject librarian.

TextSelect Reserves: are a semi-permanent reserves collection that is apart of GMU Libraries' TextSelect Program, a project to help address the cost of required textbooks. The Libraries' collection now includes required textbooks that exceed $50 for the following 100, 200, 300 & 400 level required courses.

  • Note: Due to safety concerns during COVID-19 and to ensure accessibility for both our on-campus and online learners, TextSelect service is currently paused and Course Reserves will be electronic-only.