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Reserves Policies and Procedures

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.

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.
Books can be ordered for the Reserves collection through Collection Development Management. Please complete the Book Order Request Form and provide the requested information about Reserves.

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.

Please note that Walker Library is not responsible for loss or damage to personal materials placed on Reserve.

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.
  • 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.