Libraries & Archives

Course Reserves

Our course reserves service allows professors to place books and media on reserve for limited use either within the library or for a specified amount of time. This allows access to the materials for all students in a class. Electronic reserves may be made available through D2L.

Putting Items on Reserve

Putting Items on Reserve for Courses

Use the forms below to place reserve requests, but please keep in mind these things:

  • Allow at least 3 working days for your reserve items to be processed and made available for student use.
  • Verifying copyright coverage or obtaining copyright permission and paying for copyright fees for course reserves is the responsibility of the instructor or department. Check out our Copyright & Intellectual Property page for more information.
  • Please identify the name of the reserves item by the title of the book, chapter or article in your course syllabus, and communication to students. Library staff process course reserves based on title.

About Book Reserves

About Requesting Book Reserves

If you are making a book request, you may have either the St. Catherine University Library's copy of the book placed on reserve or your own personal copy. If the library doesn't own a copy of the book, faculty may contact their Subject Librarian and request that the book be purchased for the library.

  • Book reserves are shelved behind the library circulation desk and students need to present their St. Kate's ID in order to check them out.
  • Professors can choose to have the reserve available for either 3 hours, 3 days, or 7 days.
  • Library staff will limit the number of textbook reserves based upon copyright best practices.

About Media Reserves

About Requesting Media Reserves

Items in the St. Catherine University Libraries' media collection and classroom equipment may be placed on reserve. Please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Allow a minimum of 3 working days for processing your request
  • Items borrowed from other libraries or from commercial stores cannot be placed on reserve
  • Reserves must be requested each semester
  • All reserve requests must be in compliance with U.S. copyright law

D2L & Reserves

Putting Electronic Reserves in D2L

Some library databases provide a persistent link that can be inserted into a course management system to access articles and streaming media. For more information, visit the D2L & Library Resources page.

Finding Reserves

Locating Course Reserves in the Library

Not sure how to tell students on how to find your course reserves once we put them up? Visit the student Find Course Reserves page for more information.

Open Access Texts

Affordable Textbooks and Course Materials: Open Access Texts

Nationally, the average undergraduate student spends over $1,200 a year on textbooks and other course materials. Recent surveys indicate that 65% of students have chosen not to purchase a course text because it was too expensive. St. Catherine University Library can help faculty find and use alternative, high quality, low cost materials in their courses in efforts to lower these costs for students. Go to the Open Access Texts page for more information.


St. Paul Reserves

Jade Erickson | 651.690.6655

Minneapolis Reserves

Print & Electronic Reserves:
Sue Gray | 651.690.7898

Media Reserves:
Ron Carlson | 651.690.7792