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Reserve materials are put on reserve by instructors for specific classes. In general, materials must be used in the library for two hours. Most of the journal articles and practice exams are available in an electronic format. Reserve materials are located at the main floor Circulation Desk.

To find both print and electronic materials on reserve, use the Course Reserve Search function within the Library Catalog. Searchable by instructor's name, department or course number. Go to the library's home page and click on Library Catalog.

Call the Circulation desk if you have any questions regarding materials on reserve or if you would like to have materials placed on reserve.
Tel: 608.342.1679
Toll Free: 1.888.450.4632

Reserve Policy and Procedures

What may be placed on Reserve

  1. Books from any of the Karrmann Library's collections
  2. Photocopied material in accordance with copyright laws.
  3. Personal items are accepted for Reserve; however, it is necessary for these items to have a barcode attached and a number assigned to them. These items are placed on Reserve at the owner's risk. The library is not responsible for the loss of or damage to the material.

How to place items on Reserve

  1. Bring items for Reserve to the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library.
  2. Complete a Reserve form.
  3. Please give first and last name to avoid confusion.
  4. Include department, course name and number. Items cannot be processed without this information.
  5. Give date when item can be removed from Reserve. This is very important because it helps keep our Reserve collection current.
  6. Please give the library the exact title you give your students. Altering the title even slightly can cause delays in locating material.

General Comments

Please allow for processing time when sending over material. Many items are received the first weeks of each semester, so it may take 4 or 5 days before everything gets processed. Requests are handled on a first come, first served basis within regular business hours. Throughout the rest of the semester, items are usually processed within the next two working days.

Most items on Reserve have a loan period of two hours during which the patron may use the material in the library. Reserve materials are not allowed to leave the building unless specified by the professor. If the professor wishes for a loan period other than the regular two hour period, they should specify that on the Reserve form.

E-reserves are available. All photocopied material, notes, old exams etc. will be scanned and placed on line. This allows students greater access to items. Because of e-reserves, the library maintains the right to limit the number of hard copies placed on regular reserve. No more than 2 copies of the same item will be placed on the shelves. Students will still be able to check these out for the regular two hour loan period. The library does not do photocopying for its patrons.

Textbooks are put on Reserve at the discretion of the Textbook Center located in Doudna Hall. When the supply of a current textbook runs low, the Textbook Center will place the last two copies on Reserve. Not all textbooks are forwarded to the library by the Textbook Center.

The library reserves the right to remove materials that have been inactive for two years.

Permanent Reserve

Permanent reserve is a special section of "Reserve." It is designated for library materials for which there is an irregular demand, but are deemed too significant to be kept on open shelves. Permanent reserve materials do not have a class or faculty/staff member attached to them. Responsibility for the organization and maintenance of the permanent reserve collection belong to the Circulation Department. Once the item is approved for permanent reserve it is sent to cataloging for processing.

The collection should be reviewed annually by the Circulation Coordinator.

Electronic Reserves Policy

General Information

Electronic Reserves consists of scanned excerpts of a book chapter, journal articles, notes, exams, syllabi, etc. and are available to students of the University of Wisconsin - Platteville and can be accessed either on or off campus. Not all reserves are available electronically and this may require students to physically come to the Karrmann Library. Electronic reserves may be printed once for personal use according to fair use provisions of the US Copyright Act of 1976, Section 107.

The Karrmann Library catalog contains a listing of all items currently on reserve and may be searched by instructor, department or course number. Since reserves are sometimes used in multiple classes, an instructor search is most effective. From the title list most reserves are available by clicking on the appropriate link or title. Electronic reserves are available off campus through the university proxy server. You will be prompted to enter your Net ID username and password for access.

Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed in order to view electronic reserves.


Library materials are purchased and intended for nonprofit educational use by students and faculty of the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. All library materials are acquired with the understanding that there will be multiple uses of a limited number of copies. Libraries frequently pay a premium institutional subscription price for journals for the privilege of supporting multiple academic users. The purpose of print and electronic reserves is to facilitate the availability of supplementary materials for class use. The Karrmann Library reserves collection contains both copyrighted material and non-copyrighted material in both electronic and print formats. Copyrighted material is covered by the fair use provisions of the US Copyright Act. The reserve collection includes materials owned by the library, instructor or other unit of the university that owns a lawfully obtained copy.

Whenever possible, the title to be copied or scanned will be purchased by the library. To ensure fair use compliance, electronic files will be deleted and paper files will be returned to the instructor or destroyed at the end of each semester.

The Karrmann Library will place the following item types on electronic reserve:

  • Short excerpts of a book chapter
  • A single article from an issue of a journal
  • One short story, essay or poem from a collective work
  • One chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book journal or newspaper
  • A short excerpt of a work, which is not divided into chapters or articles.
  • Student papers if permission has been obtained

Material that violates any of these guidelines will not knowingly be made available.

Instructions for Instructors

Follow the requirements below when submitting your course reserves:

  • Follow the guidelines mentioned above
  • Complete the "Course Reserve Form" available at Circulation Desk
  • Make sure to copy the COMPLETE article
  • Do not staple articles
  • Avoid black borders
  • Submit requests at least one week before it is needed for class
  • Indicate the complete bibliographic citation on the front page of each reserved item. This does not apply to exams, syllabi, or items you have written
  • Copy on one side only
  • Allow at least ¾ inch margins
  • Large documents may need to be divided into several files
  • Use the same title on the reserved material as you use in the class syllabus

Call the Circulation desk if you have any additional questions regarding materials on reserve or if you would like to have materials placed on reserve. Tel: 608.342.1679.

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