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Tips and Policies for Accessing Physical Course Reserves

Checkout

  • Procedures for finding physical reserve materials vary from library to library.
    • Many units have open reserves where you can find the materials on the shelves yourself.
    • Other units have closed reserve shelves where you need to write down the call number(s) and present them to the reserve desk staff along with your UW Husky Card.
  • Loan periods also vary.

If you have questions, check with the library you are using.

Renewal

  • Reserve materials cannot be renewed.
  • Some units will allow users to check out reserve materials again immediately if no one is waiting for them. Ask about this at the library you are using.

Fines

  • All days or hours are counted for fining purposes whether the library unit is open or closed. Any part of a hour is computed as a full hour.
  • See Fines page for more information.

Returning reserve material

  • Reserve materials must be returned to the library where they were checked out.
  • If the library is open, they must be returned to the circulation/reserve desk.
  • If the library is closed, they may be placed in the book return of the library where they were checked out.
  • Items returned to anyplace other than where they were checked out are not counted as returned until they reach the original checkout library. This may take several days. During this time, fines will be charged.

Library users checking out reserve materials are responsible for:

  • All reserve materials checked out on their card.
  • Knowing when reserve items are due, and returning them on time.
  • Understanding the Libraries' fine and circulation policies.
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