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My professor put something on "reserve" for our class. What is this? 
Each semester the library maintains a collection of "Reserve" materials for student use. Reserve items are materials (readings, recordings, computer files, etc.), assigned by a professor, that can be accessed from the library for a limited time. Reserves can come in two forms: traditional reserve or electronic reserve.

Where can I find it?

Traditional Reserve
Traditional reserve items are "hard copy" or "paper" reserves. These materials are located on the shelves behind the Circulation Desk. Items on reserve are checked out for a short-term loan: either for 2, 3, or 24 hour periods. The loan period is determined by the professor.  Most professors will notify you if an assignment is available "on reserve" at the library. However, you may also search the Library Catalog by course number or instructor to find items currently on reserve.  As classes change each semester, so does the reserve collection.

There are a few items that are frequently on reserve, though. They have a variety of check-out times, so please pay attention to when the item is due, as the fines on all reserve items are higher.

Electronic Reserves
Many, although not all, reserve items can be accessed electronically via the Library Catalog. Users may access electronic reserves from any computer that is connected to the Internet. Access to electronic reserve is restricted to Carroll University students, faculty and staff and is verified by name and ID number.

Search for your class or instructor's name, then type in your network user name (if your e-mail address is, your user name is mjones) and your network password (same password as your e-mail address) and you will be granted access through our server. Call the Circulation Desk at (262) 524-7175 if you have questions or problems with access. 

Electronic Reserve articles are available in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat Reader, or other PDF viewing software is required to open PDF documents. You may download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader from the Adobe web page available at One copy of each item placed on electronic reserve is available in paper format at the Circulation Desk for those students who prefer to read the article in the library or wish to make a photocopy of the article.

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Are there fines on Reserve items? 
Items placed on traditional or paper reserve for a class must remain readily available to all members of the class. Therefore, the fines for not returning reserve materials on time are extremely hefty. Be aware that the fine for not returning reserve materials on time is 50 cents per hour! Please keep in mind that we "round up!" Our computer system tracks the exact time and date of checkout for each reserve item and begins to calculate fines one minute after your due date and time. Therefore, if you are ten minutes late in returning your materials, you will still be subject to a 50 cent fine. To avoid fines on reserve items, please be sure to return materials a few minutes before the precise time that it is due. Items with 2 or 3 day checkouts have overdue fines calculated at 50 cents per day. If you have any questions on reserve materials/fines, please ask at the Circulation Desk.

Can I renew Reserves materials?
Due to the high demand of reserve items, you may not renew reserve materials. If you try to renew them online, they will not renew. If you need the item longer, please stop in at the Circulation Desk and talk with a librarian and if there is no current demand for item from other students, we can check it out to you again. We will not do this over the phone or e-mail You must stop in with the item.

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