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Reserve Services

The mission of Reserve Services for is to provide students access to books and media that are required or supplemental for a course. The library works with faculty to provide short-term access to these materials.

Other materials such as course packets, tests, handouts, lab manuals, etc. should be incorporated into Canvas, our campus Learning Management System (LMS).

Reserved materials are subject to Copyright Law which places restrictions on the amount and type of material that may be used for course purposes. Any items that do not meet copyright guidelines will not be placed on reserve.

More information for course and book reserves:

Due to COVID-19 and the library’s limited hours for the fall semester, we are making temporary adjustments to our course reserve service.

Effective on August 12th, the library will be opening on a limited basis and items on course reserves will be checked out for a 30 day time period, rather than the typical 2 hour, 1 day or 3 day time period. This is mainly due to the required quarantine period after each check out.

Currently, the library needs to quarantine all items for 7 days once returned.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

It depends:

  • Using your Fresno State email credentials, fill out the Reserves Form
  • Bring the material (if it is a personal copy) to the Circulation Desk (1st floor, North Building).

All reserve items will be checked out for 30 days.

Reserve materials are added on a first-come, first-served basis. It generally takes 2-5 business days for material to be available. Occasionally this process is slightly delayed due to the volume of items/requests received.

Yes. When you fill out the Reserves Form, please make sure to indicate that it is a library owned copy.

No. Only books owned by the Madden Library or a faculty member’s personal copy may be placed on reserve.

No preparation is needed. The library will place a call number, barcode and sticker with the faculty member’s name/department on the book.

Materials on reserve will undergo substantial wear and tear due to heavy use. In addition, we will add a barcode, call number and reserve sticker that allow us to process the item. Those stickers will not be removed when the personal copy is returned.

Unfortunately, it is possible that your personal copy can be lost or damaged while on reserve. This is part of the risk of placing your personal materials on reserve. If the student who lost/damaged the item pays for it, then the library can replace the item to be placed on reserve again. However, this is not a guarantee that the lost/damaged item will be replaced by the library.

Please search for the class on the course reserves page to see if the item you need is on reserve. If the item is not on reserve, the faculty member is the only one who can make that request.

The library does not purchase textbooks. The library will purchase materials in support of classes and research on this campus. Suggestions for purchase are always welcome, however, suggestions are not guaranteed to be purchased or placed on reserve.

Items are typically on reserve for one semester. Material will be evaluated at the end of each semester and items with low usage will be removed.