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Course reserves is an academic library’s special collection of materials placed on reserve by instructors, in order to make required course reading available to a large number of students and to ensure that students have equal access to required readings. All materials placed on course reserve are solely for the non-commercial, educational use of students at NECC.

Circulation of Course Reserves

Reserve materials, available at the library circulation desk, circulate for short periods: two hours, six hours, 24 hours, , or seven days. The loan period is determined by the instructor. To check out a reserve item, students need a current, valid NECC library card.

Course Reserves Items

Course reserves may include books, journal articles, U. S. government documents, syllabi, lecture notes, exam samples, paper samples, videotapes, audiotapes, CDs or other items not previously considered as part of the Libraries’ collection. Items may be from the NECC collection or from an instructor’s personal collection. Instructors may place on reserve up to five copies of an item.

Submitting and Removing Course Reserves

Instructors may submit course reserve material for the semester in which a course is offered. Reserve request lists must be submitted on the standard course reserve form, available at the circulation desk, or online, accessed from the Course Reserves page. Unless instructors request otherwise, materials will be removed from reserves at the end of the semester. An online form to remove items from reserves is available on the Course Reserves webpage.

Fair Use/Copyright

The NECC Libraries acknowledges and encourages the appropriate use (i.e., reproduction, distribution, performance and display) of copyrighted works and materials for teaching, scholarship and research purposes consistent with federal copyright law and the standards for fair use.

Course Reserves Catalog Access

The online Course Reserves catalog can be accessed from the NECC library home page on the Reserves Page. Materials can be located by Instructor, Course or Department.


Last Updated: 3/3/2014

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