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Student Information

Class Reserve materials are kept at the circulation desk in both the Main Library and in the Music Department Office for Music and Dance students. These materials are placed on reserve at the request of faculty and consist of the required readings for courses which are currently in session. Course materials may include books, journal articles, CDs, video tapes, slides or other materials.

How to Look Up Reserve Titles

  1. You can search your course number in the library catalog to see a list of titles on reserve for that class.
  2. Current reserve lists are kept in a binder at the circulation desk. These lists are arranged alphabetically by the professor’s last name.

The circulation policy for course reserves is as follows:

  • 2-Hour: Materials must be used in the library for 2 hours.
  • Overnight: Due back by the end of business hours the next day.
  • 3 Day: Due back by the end of business hours on the third day.
  • 1 Week: Due back by the end of business hours on the seventh day.

The due date is stamped on the item. A valid Cornish ID is required to check reserve items out. Up to 3 items may taken at a time. If you have any questions about course reserves, please ask the staff member at the circulation desk.

Faculty Information

The main contact for class reserve questions is Megan Smithling. You can place Cornish library materials on class reserve at the circulation desk for students to use on a limited basis. This allows many people to share access to a few titles over the course of a semester. If the library doesn’t have a title you need for class reserve, ask your department library liaison about purchasing it. The Library will prioritize titles needed for reserve (within budget capability).

What to Place on Reserve

  • Required course materials, i.e. items your entire class will need to access.
  • Items from the library collection or faculty can bring personal copies. Be forewarned, adhesive labels need to be used on everything that goes on class reserve.
  • We cannot put materials from other libraries or rental DVDs on class reserve.

When the library does not own a title you need, speak to Megan Smithling, and we will try to buy a copy for the library if it’s not prohibitively expensive or too far off-topic for the collection.

Reserve Locations

Depending on where a class meets, faculty have the option of placing materials on reserve at the Library or the Music Department Office in Kerry Hall. For more information about putting things on reserve at the Music Department, please contact the Music Department Coordinator.

Faculty also have the option of putting CDs on reserve in the Kerry Hall digital music lab (room 11 in the basement). However, faculty should never put originals or library materials in this room since staff cannot guarantee that things will stay put. Be sure to clearly label each case with identifying information: i.e., course, faculty name, and the CDs information. For more information, please contact the Digital Music Lab Technician.

Please be sure to tell your students where you are putting the reserves since the library does not have the cross-referenced lists available at both locations.

Circulation Options

  • 2-Hour: Materials must be used in the library for 2 hours.
  • Overnight: Due back by the end of business hours the next day.
  • 3 Day: Due back by the end of business hours on the third day.
  • 1 Week: Due back by the end of business hours on the seventh day.

Length of Time Materials are Kept on Reserve

Materials can be placed on reserve for the duration of a semester and will be removed from reserve afterwards unless you have made other arrangements with the Librarian before the end of the semester.

Want to see what you already have on reserve?

  1. You can search your course number in the library catalog to see a list of titles on reserve for that class.
  2. Current reserve lists are kept in a binder at the circulation desk. These lists are arranged alphabetically by the professor’s last name.

How to Place Materials on Reserve

You can download a copy of the Class Reserve Form. Please fill it out completely and submit it to the Main Library circulation desk or the Music Department Coordinator; wherever you want the material on reserve. Allow three to five days for processing. It takes time to process the many lists we receive and staff is especially busy at the beginning of the semester. To get a head start, bring your list in before classes start. Please do not tell students the material is ready the same day you bring the list in.

Course Packets, Copying and Copyright

If you want students to use course packets, arrange for students to purchase them from a course-packet service or from a local photo-copy shop. We cannot host one copy on class reserve and expect each student to copy it on the coin-op machine or walk it to the nearest copy shop.

If you want to have one copy in the library for students who can’t afford to purchase the packet we can put one on reserve for 2-hour/Library-Use-Only.

Get copyright permission. This is required if you want to distribute multiple copies of complete works or compiled readers consisting of articles and large excerpts from books. At this point there is no college wide policy or procedure on obtaining copyright clearance for course packets. See your department chair or coordinator if you have questions about your specific department.

Course Packet Resources

Professional Copyright Clearance & Course Packet Production Service
  • XanEdu (See link to XanEdu CoursePacks.) XanEdu is a copyright clearance service that can also compile course packets in a variety of flexible formats, including digital files for student-download and print copies. Copyright and production fees are included in the final purchase price of the packet – and therefore passed on to the students – so faculty can order course packets directly from XanEdu without having to arrange pre-payment through their department office. This process requires around 6 – 8 weeks lead time so plan ahead when compiling course packets.
Local Copy Shops
  • Perfect Copy & Print: 206.325.4733 at 132 Broadway East (SE corner of Broadway and John). They can set up course packets with minimal paperwork. You do have to sign a statement saying you have addressed copyright requirements.
  • Kinko’s – They are very specific about copyright permission, so have your paperwork in order.
  • Near MCC: 910 Lenora Street, Suite 176, Seattle, WA. In the 2200 Westlake Center, right across Terry Street from MCC. 206.223.9226.
  • Near Kerry Hall: 1833 Broadway, Seattle, WA. 206.329.7445.

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