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Northwest Missouri State University


Reserve Services for Students

This page contains basic policies regarding Reserve Service at B.D. Owens Library for students, including what materials are placed on Reserve, how to look up and check out materials on Reserve, and how long the materials may circulate.

The Reserve Collection is an extension of the classroom in that it supports academic programs, and includes:

  • required readings (listed as such on the syllabus) from library books, instructor's personal copies or photocopied materials,
  • suggested readings,
  • style manuals,
  • periodicals and newspapers in great demand,
  • notes and exams professors have made available for students' use,
  • media,
  • models,
  • Northwest graduate and undergraduate catalogs, and
  • other official University publications.

To check out a Reserve item:

  • A call number and your Bearcat ID are required to check out a Reserve item from the Library Services Desk. You may only check out a total of 3 Reserve items at the same time. Up to 2 of those items may be books.

To look up a Reserve call number:

  1. Go to the Owens Library Homepage and click on Course Reserves
  2. Search by Instructor's Name
  3. If more than one instructor matches the name you typed, click on the correct name from the list (the school abbreviation NW appears after the names of Northwest instructors/courses),
  4. Click on the correct course
  5. Under "Materials for This Course", click on the title you want, (some material may be available electronically see EReserve Information for Students)
  6. Write down the call number for the item that you want, and present it to the Desk Assistant at the Library Services Desk when you are ready to check the item out.

Every reserve item is assigned a specific loan period. Loan periods for Reserve items are as follows:

  • 2-Hour, In-library Use Only
    These items are checked out for 2 hours only and cannot leave the building.
  • 4-Hour, In-library Use Only
    These items are checked out for 4 hours only and cannot leave the building.
  • Overnight
    These items can be checked out anytime during the day and are due back 15 minutes before the library closes on the next day.
  • 3-Day
    Items can be checked out anytime during the day and are due back 15 minutes before the library closes on the 3rd day.
  • 7-Day
    Items can be checked out anytime during the day and are due back 15 minutes before the library closes on the 7th day.

Late Fees:

Because they are in high demand, Reserve items incur larger fines than regular circulating materials. In-library-use Reserves incur fines of $.50 per hour. All other Reserves (Overnight, 3-day, 7-day) incur fines of $5.00 per day. The replacement costs for lost Reserve items range from $45 to $115, depending on the type of material. Fines and replacement costs are charged to the patron's university account.

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