The Ames Library offers physical and electronic access to reserve material. Physical
Reserves are hard copies of material temporarily shelved at the Library Service Desk
for specific courses. Electronic reserves are digitized material made available through
We will only offer electronic reserves through Moodle for Spring Semester 2021. Print
reserves services will not be available. All print items returned to the Ames Library will be quarantined for three days at
the minimum. This means that once an item is returned, it cannot be checked out again
for three days. This puts both students and faculty at a disadvantage, and puts our
frontline library staff at risk since they handle items as a part of their daily work.
So, it is our determination that we do not offer print reserve services for the upcoming
semester, and instead offer a more robust set of digitization services or investing
in ebooks and other materials to provide access to course materials. If you need assistance
with identifying electronic course materials, please contact your liaison . We strongly recommend using our rich collection of ebooks and/or streaming video
collections (see below), requesting scanning of print chapters or sections of books
in our collection, or exploring the many Open Educational Resources now available.
Please note there may be some materials we are unable to procure as electronic reserves,
such as textbooks. For background on this issue, please see statements from the University of Guelph and Grand Valley State University .