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Resources for Faculty

A guide to library resources for Hiram College faculty.


Physical Reserves

The library offers faculty the opportunity to place physical items (books, DVDs, photocopies, etc.) on reserve at the circulation desk.  The library will place on reserve, at the initiative of faculty, items for the non-commercial, educational use of students.  The library follows U.S. Copyright Law and associated guidelines.  All reserve materials are removed at the end of every term.  Library material is returned to the circulating collection and personally owned items are returned to the owner.


What May be Placed On Reserve

  • Library Books and Media - Library staff or student assistants can help retrieve library materials for you to place them on reserve. Contact Terri Foy at for assistance.  Please include author, title and call number to facilitate timely processing. Some requested material may be checked out and could take up to two weeks to be returned after recalling for your reserve request.  Please allow enough time in the event this happens.
  • Personally Owned Materials - We will affix a barcode and reserve labels to personal copies provided to us for reserve. Personal materials are returned to you through campus mail within two weeks after the course had ended, unless otherwise indicated. The library is not responsible for the loss of, or damage to, personal copies.
  •  Individual Chapters - Chapters or selections from a single book or monograph may be placed on course reserve. Copyright guidelines limit copying to one chapter, or not more than 10% of a work. We can place one copy for every 20 students in a class, to a maximum of three copies.


What May Not Be Placed on Reserve

  • Items that in the determination of the library staff are contrary to U.S. Copyright Laws or associated guidelines
  • Books borrowed through OhioLINK
  • Books borrowed through iinterlibrary loan
  • Entire issues or volumes of library periodicals


Selecting Loan Periods - The library offers the following options when placing items on reserve:

  • 2 Hours (also called Closed Reserve) - Items are not allowed to leave the building and must be returned within two hours unless renewed.
  • 1 Day - Items may leave the building and may be kept overnight
  • 3 Day - Allows for more time for longer readings
  • 7 Day - Allows even more time and can be useful for video and audio


How To Place Materials on Reserve

Faculty are asked to fill out a Reserve Request Form when delivering materials to the Circulation Desk for processing to be placed on reserve.  Forms are available at the library's Circulation Desk.

The first week of each term is a busy time.  At the start of terms, please allow one week for the processing of reserve materials.  At other times in the term, please allow a minimum of 24 hours Monday through Thursday.  Materials received after 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or on the weekend, will not be processed until the next business day.


Electronic Reserves

The library does not run an electronic reserve system, but rather counts on faculty placing items directly on Moodle,  Please remember that you are responsible for following U.S. Copyright Law.  For items the library makes available digitally, we recommend that you simply link to that material rather than downloading copies to Moodle.  You may wish to consult these two sections below: 

  • E-Resources and Streaming Video
  • Off-Campus Access