Library reserves are items drawn from the JKM collection that circulate for a designated period of time for an academic term. Borrowers can search the catalog for those materials on reserve by using the Reserves search link. Materials are shelved by title behind the JKM circulation desk; therefore, borrowers should request reserve items by title, not by author, course number or name of instructor.


Reserve materials are due back at the circulation desk at the time specified on the checkout receipt. If the material is not returned when due, fines begin accruing at $0.05/minute. Borrowers are asked to return materials to the JKM circulation desk when the library is open and not to the JKM Library book drop. Most reserve items circulate for a default loan period of 3 hours; a few select items circulate for 24 hours.

Reserve items checked out within 3 hours of closing on Mondays through Fridays are due back the next business day. Items checked out within three hours of closing on a Saturday are due back on Monday morning.

Reserve items are due back at the circulation desk within a half-hour of opening:

  • materials due on a weekday morning: 9 a.m.
  • materials due on a Saturday morning: 10:30 a.m.
  • materials due the next business day after a holiday: 9 a.m.

24-hour reserve items are due back 24 hours after the item is checked out. If a 24-hour reserve item is checked out on a Saturday, it's due back in the library at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Placing materials on reserve

Well before the beginning of a semester, library staff will contact faculty and request the final draft of their syllabi for a course. The faculty member need not fill out a form nor search the catalog to determine whether JKM has those items which they want to place on reserve. Library staff will then retrieve the materials from those stacks, process them and place them on reserve for the semester. Those materials not owned by the library may be added to the collection, dependent upon library resources and the JKM collection development policy. Personal copies are accepted for reserve only as a last resort.  Neither I-Share nor interlibrary loan materials may be placed on reserve. Materials go off reserve after the last day of classes for the semester and are returned to the stacks.