Thursday, 27 February 2014

Demystifying course reserves and finding a quiet individual place to study!

***Please note: This information is accurate at the time it was written. Fines and information found within this post are subject to change.

We hope you all had a great Reading Week and are well rested for the rest of the academic year!  To get you started off on the right foot, the Dentistry Library would just like to highlight two important library resources available to students, staff and faculty:

Need a quiet spot to sit and wrap your head around some difficult concepts in a course or research?
Did you know that the Dentistry Library has individual study carrels in a quiet room in the back of the library?  The back room has 11 study carrels each individually partitioned so that each desk is separated to provide the optimal quiet and tranquil environment for your studies. Please note that is a quiet study area only - no talking or cell phones may be used in this room. Keys to individual study carrels can be signed out at the Service Desk at the front of the library on a first-come, first-serve basis during library opening hours.  Keys must be returned if you leave the carrel for more than 30 minutes, but can be resigned out when you return.

What are course reserves?

Short-term loans (STLs) or 'Course Reserves' are items that professors request to be placed in restricted loan period because they are required readings for a course.

How do course reserves work?

At the Dentistry Library, Course Reserves can be checked out at 12:30 p.m. or later, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Items borrowed must be returned by 9:30 a.m. the next day (or, if they are borrowed on a Friday, they are due back by 9:30 a.m. the following Monday).

If you want to read a course reserve but will not be here the next day to return it by 9:30 a.m. you can read the course reserve in the library.  To do this, simply come to the Service Desk and ask for the item.  Staff at the Service Desk will ask you to fill out a green slip for the book.  When you are finished with the item, bring it back to the Service Desk.  However, after 12:30 p.m., priority is given to library users *at* the Service Desk requesting to check out the course reserve.  If there is no library user requesting to sign out the course reserve you are welcome to continue reading it in the library.

Signed out course reserves are due by 9:30 a.m. the next business day.  The fine for an overdue reserve item is 50 cents per hour. Those fines really start to add up, so please make sure you return course reserves on time!

Course Reserves cannot be renewed or returned at other U of T libraries.

If you are an instructor who would like a textbook to be placed on Course Reserve (or removed from reserve), please visit us at the Service Desk or contact us!

 For a list of titles in course reserves by year of study go here.

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