Faculty Services: Reserves

Search Reserves

Search to locate materials placed on reserve in the Library. You can search by professor’s last name or by course (e.g., BIOL 101).



Faculty may place personal and/or Library-owned materials on reserve for their students. Reserves may be either physical (as is the case with print and audiovisual materials), electronic, or both.

  • A completed Reserve Request Form is required for each reserve item. Copies of the form are also available at the Desk in the Library.
  • Copyright compliance is included as part of the request form and is required for all photocopies and electronic reserves.
  • All photocopies must include the complete bibliographic citation on the photocopy itself.
  • Please allow one week (5 business days) turn-around time to process reserve items.
  • All materials not owned by the Library will be returned to the instructor at the end of the semester. Please pick up your reserve materials by the last day of exams or upon the reserve expiration date.
  • Usage statistics can be provided at the end of the semester, if requested by the professor.

Please call 395.2433 or e-mail reserves@longwood.edu if you have questions about reserves.

Physical Reserves

Physical reserves are checked out to students at the Desk for a time period you specify:

  • Hourly: Materials may only be used in the Library. Please specify a time period of 1-hour or 3-hours.
  • Daily: Materials may be checked out anytime and returned by closing on the due date.

If the material does not belong to the Library, we need to affix identifying labels so that it can be entered into the online catalog. If preferred, we can treat the material (except audiovisuals) for security purposes.

Electronic Reserves

Electronic reserves are available online through the library catalog. Please note the following regarding e-reserves:

  • A course password is required for each course. Students will have to enter this password to access e-reserve items.
  • The Library will scan your photocopy to PDF format and insert a copyright stamp on the first page.
  • If a journal article is available in one of the Library’s online databases that allow direct linking, the reserve item will link directly to that article instead.
  • Copyright compliance is required for all e-reserves.

Article URLs

Most databases provide persistant URLs so that you can link directly to the article from within Canvas. If you need help finding a URL for the article, please contact your librariancall 395.2433 or e-mail reserves@longwood.edu

Note: Article URLs should not be posted on any website that is not restricted to the students enrolled in the course for which the article is being used. To do so would be a violation of the license agreements with the full-text providers.

Reserve Request Form

Please bring this completed form for every personal item you would like to place on reserve.