Policies and Procedures, Reserves Collection


Materials in the Reserves collection may be borrowed and returned at the Circulation Desk located to the left when entering the atrium of the James E. Walker Library. The Circulation Desk is staffed during all hours the library is open. The Reserves department supports the instructional needs of University faculty by providing greater access to limited resources. Access to items on reserves is limited to MTSU students (currently enrolled in specific courses), staff, faculty, and administrators. A valid MTSU ID is required to borrow materials.

To ensure that reserves materials are readily available, the number of items that may be borrowed at any one time is limited to four items.

The Collection


Walker Library Materials

Walker Library resources on reserve may include:

  • Walker Library general collection books.
  • Current and bound periodicals.
  • Reference materials.
  • Curriculum materials
  • Electronic text material available through the library article databases.
  • Materials from the media and music collections.

Library materials that cannot be placed on Walker Library Reserve include:

  • Materials housed in Special Collections.
  • NetLibrary online books.
  • Microtext materials.
  • Books requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Instructor's Personal Copies

Instructors’ personal copies can include any form of supplementary materials that the instructor is using for course instruction, including:

Photocopies of Copyrighted Materials

All copyright protected photocopied material will prominently display a notice warning that the material is protected by Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S. Code.) and must adhere to the Walker Library’s Copyright Guidelines.  Copyrighted materials include photocopies of chapters from books, articles from newspapers or periodicals, a poem, story, essay, or excerpt from a creative work.

Electronic Reserve Materials

All copyright protected electronic Reserves materials are subject to copyright restrictions and must adhere to the Walker Library’s Copyright Guidelines. Electronic Reserves materials include photocopied materials that have been electronically scanned, full-text resources from electronic databases, links to websites, and Word or PowerPoint documents uploaded and saved as PDF files.

Vanderbilt Library Access Cards

The Vanderbilt Library Access Cards allow MTSU students free access to the Vanderbilt Libraries. The cards are for access to the Libraries only and do not give the bearer any borrowing privileges. 

  • A valid MTSU ID must be presented to the Reserves Desk.
  • The loan period for cards is two weeks.  Cards can be renewed once at the Reserves Desk.
  • The fine rate for cards $1.00 per day.
  • If the card is lost, please notify the Walker Library Reserves department immediately at (615) 904-8544.

Reserves Rules

  • All reserves materials must be returned to the Reserves Desk.
  • Items not returned to the Reserves Desk by the end of the specified loan period, or by closing time, are subject to overdue charges.
  • The overdue charge for reserves items varies according to the loan type or the material: one, two or three hour loans (not to be taken past the security gates); one, three, seven and fourteen day loans accrue fines of $1.00 per day; and, Vanderbilt Library access cards accrue fines of $1.00 per day.
  • Lost charges will not exceed the cost of the material plus a $20.00 processing fee.
  • Patrons who do not return items promptly may have their records flagged (registration and transcripts) and their Library borrowing privileges restricted.

Loan Periods for Reserves Materials

Loan Type Restrictions Fine Rate
Vanderbilt Access Cards
Fourteen day loan period. Must be returned to the Reserves Desk.
$1.00 per day
One-hour
Cannot be taken past the security gates.
$0.05 per minute
Two-hour
Cannot be taken past the security gates.
$0.05 per minute
Three-hour
Cannot be taken past the security gates.
$0.05 per minute
One-Day
Must be returned to the Circulation Desk.
$1.00 per day
Three-Day
Must be returned to the Circulation Desk.
$1.00 per day
Seven-Day
Must be returned to the Circulation Desk.
$1.00 per day
Fourteen-Day
Must be returned to the Circulation Desk.
$1.00 per day