Oklahoma State University

Reserve Material & Guidelines


Faculty members or instructors may place material “on reserve” in the Edmon Low Library to ensure availability for students in their classes. Reserve materials are available on the web through the OSU Library Catalog and at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of the Edmon Low Library. If you do not want your materials on the web, please mark the box on the Reserve Materials Request Form (http://www.library.okstate.edu/forms/resreqform.htm).

Requests are accepted throughout the semester, but for materials to be available the first week of the semester Reserve Request Forms must be received by the Semester deadline. Fall deadline is August 8; Spring deadline is December 19.

Reserves may include

  • Library books, government documents, and personal or departmental copies
  • Photocopies of journal articles
  • Exams, lecture notes, problem sets, etc. (please provide at least 2 copies)

All reserve materials are subject to compliance with copyright law.

A Reserve Request Form must accompany all materials. Additional forms are available at the Circulation Desk or on the web http://reserves.library.okstate.edu/resreqform.htm.

Request Forms require:

  • The course prefix and number to match the listing in the University Class Schedule
  • The call number (including volume number, if any), author and title for library books
  • The author and title for photocopies or books provided by the course instructor
  • The citations in the course syllabi must be the same as the citations given on the reserve request form
  • The course syllabus

Request Forms are processed in the order received, except:

  • Requests with accompanying materials receive priority over requests submitted the same day that require reserve staff to retrieve books from the shelves and/or make photocopies
  • Priority is given to reserve requests that are a direct result of textbook shortage at the bookstore.

Requests are processed in two working days. Delays may occur:

  • During the first four weeks of a semester
  • When library materials must be recalled, searched, or photocopied
  • When materials are ordered. Allow a minimum of four to six weeks for an order.

Loan periods available:

  • 2-hours restricted (in library use only)
  • 1-day (due midnight on the following day)
  • 3-day (due midnight on the third day)
  • 7-day (due midnight on the seventh day).

Contact For More Information

Johnny L. Johnson
101 Library