Course reserves are materials which have been set aside by a professor so that students in a specific course may use them.
To find out if your professor has already placed materials on reserve:
While the library doesn't usually have traditional textbooks, we likely have required readings for your class like novels or scholarly books. Be mindful, however, of restrictions on borrowing length and the potential needs of other classmates.
MUSCAT Plus searches books, e-books, videos, articles, and more. To see if we have access to a specific book, use the Advanced Search option and click the "Library Catalog (MUSCAT)" limit under the search boxes. Enter the information you have in the search box with the appropriate restriction on the side (title or author.)
Books may be available as physical books or as ebooks.
Once you have found the book you want, record its call number. Call numbers are a series of letters and numbers read from left to right starting with the initial letter or letters. There are signs at the Check Out Desk and on the door to each floor that tell you where you can find your call number. For more detailed information on finding books in our library, view this video.
To specifically search for ebooks, go to the Advanced Search option in MUSCAT Plus and search "Library Catalog (MUSCAT)". In the 'Material Type' drop down, select "Books." After getting your search results, limit to "Available Online" on the left-hand side to narrow your results to ebooks.
To access an ebook, click on the book's title to open the record. Under "View Online" select the full text option available. This will take you to the full text of the book through one of our ebook collections. For more information on library ebooks, visit our ebook guide.
If the library's copy of a book is checked out, or we don't own a book, we can attempt to borrow a copy from another library via Interlibrary Loan. Unfortunately, the library cannot use Interlibrary Loan for textbooks.
A few things to remember:
For a complete description of the library's Interlibrary Loan service, visit our Interlibrary Loan guide.