Library & Hub Policies

Use of Course Reserves

How do I get this book (or other item) that is on reserve for my class?

 To get your professor’s list of reserve materials, use the reserve search above or search the library’s catalog. You may search by instructor’s name or by course number. Once you have searched by instructor's name or by course number, the reserve material list appears. Click on the title you need, and write down the information listed on the catalog record. (for example, "RESV-OCN desk: Available: for: 2HOUR checkout")

What and where are OPEN RESERVES?

Open reserves indicate that the reserve item is shelved in the library and may be used in the library for up to 2 hours. Open reserve shelves are located near the check-out desk at both the San Elijo and Oceanside campuses. Items are arranged on the shelves by class subject (for example BIOL or ENGL). Ask for assistance at the Circulation/Check-out Desk.

What and where are CLOSED RESERVES?

Closed reserves are located behind the Circulation/Check-out Desk. Closed reserve items must be checked out for use in the library. To check out items from Closed Reserves you must present one of the following:

  • A valid MCC student ID card

  • Your Student ID number along with a picture ID with your current address

May reserves be taken out of the library?

In most cases, course reserves are restricted to 2-hour use in the library only. However, a small number of items may be checked out overnight. The loan period is indicated in the catalog record. If you have any questions, ask for assistance at the Circulation/Check-out Desk.

Failure to return reserve material when due may result in suspension of reserve room borrowing privileges.

Can I make copies from books on reserve?

The library has high-resolution scanners that may be used to scan pages from books in our collection, including textbooks on reserve. Scanned pages may be emailed, saved to a flash drive, or saved to a Cloud-based account, such as GoogleDrive. Copies of scanned pages may then be printed using the Library's pay-for-print system. In accordance with MiraCosta College's Copyright Policy (AP 3750), only single articles of a periodical or one chapter of a book may be scanned.

Can I renew an item on reserve?

Textbooks and other materials on reserve cannot be renewed. All materials must be returned within two hours of checkout or, in the case of overnight use reserves, at the time specified on the checkout receipt. This ensures timely and equitable access to reserve materials for all students.

What if my instructor does not have the textbook on reserve?

Sometimes entire departments will place materials on reserve. If you do not see your instructor's name, search by department (for example, BIOL or MATH) and look for "All Instructors." Instructors are not required to place copies of course textbooks on reserve in the library. If you would like to have a copy of the the text on reserve in the library, you should address your request directly to your instructor.

Still have questions? Contact a librarian or visit the library.