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Course Reserves

Information to help faculty place math, applied math or stat course materials on reserve in the library.

Instructors may place materials on reserve in the Mathematics Research Library for 400 level and above classes in:

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biostatistics

If desired, Math will accept materials for small 300 level classes.

Reserve materials for lower division classes should be sent to Odegaard Undergraduate Library Reserve.  OUGL Reserve is open longer and can serve undergraduates far better than we can.  The available loan periods there are 2, 4, and 24-hour, and 3-day. Most reserve books are shelved in the open reserve stacks on the first floor of Odegaard. Students can browse this collection and check out books at the circulation desk or the self-check machine. Odegaard also has a small collection of closed reserve materials kept behind the circulation desk. These items have a history of theft or vandalism and are usually in very high demand. Books kept in this collection circulate for 2 hours and are library use only.  Math and stat texts tend to be in very high demand.

Loan periods in Math are usually 4 hours for textbooks, and 24 hours for supplementary materials. Books, journal articles, media, personal copies, and electronic materials may be placed on reserve. Consult the Libraries' Course Reserve page for specific information and for copyright compliance suggestions.

The Library will process and maintain all reserve materials, but instructors may also choose to manage their own electronic reserves. Using the self-management option gives instructors greater flexibility and materials can be put on reserve more quickly-- see Managing Your Own E-Reserves.  The Libraries strongly encourages instructors to consider self-managing their own reserve lists.

To place material on Reserve:

Reserve lists for the Mathematics Research Library should be submitted as soon as possible! A long lead time allows us to recall books in use or buy and process them if necessary.  Please use the Course Reserves Request Form to submit lists of materials.

Instructors may also submit a list by email, mail, in person or by phone. Each request should include at a minimum:

  • course name, number, and SLN number as listed in the UW Time Schedule
  • number of students expected
  • author, title, publication date, and call number of each item
  • desired loan period
  • instructor's name, email and phone number