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Borrowing materials from the Reserves collection

This guide contains general information about Reserves borrowing procedures at SFU Library. For more details, speak to staff at the Circulation Desk at WAC Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby (778.782.4345); Belzberg Library, SFU Vancouver (778.782.5050); or Fraser Library, SFU Surrey (778.782.7411). The Reserves collection is accessible during regular library opening hours.

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Reserves collection

The Reserves collection at SFU Library contains research materials identified by SFU instructors for use in specific courses, including:

  • Books
  • Print and online articles
  • DVD's & videotapes
  • Course materials such as overheads, notes, practice exams
  • Websites
  • Lecture recordings*

Some reserve items are available in digital format that you can view or print within the Library or from your office or home. These have the location "Reserves online article." These online articles are only available to students registered in the course they are on reserve for.

*Lecture recordings

Lectures for selected courses are recorded by SFU’s Learning and Instructional Development Centre and available over the web; the recordings are available within a day of the lecture.

Finding Reserve materials

The Bennett Library Reserve collection (SFU Burnaby) is housed next to the Circulation Desk. The Belzberg Library Reserves collection, (SFU Vancouver) is housed in shelves opposite the checkout desk. The Fraser Library Reserve collection (SFU Surrey) is next to the Circulation Desk.

To find specific Reserve materials, click on the Course Reserves link on the SFU Library homepage. Reserve materials can be found by course number or title of individual book. Each title for a course will be identified and there may be several copies of each item. Lecture tapes are listed separately from other Reserve materials but can be found under course number or instructor's name.

Reserves materials are grouped in designated areas: books, Prof's copies, etc. To locate a specific item, write down the classification number [ie. QA 300 F67 1999] and locate the item on the shelf. If you are unable to locate an item, check with counter staff for assistance.

Borrowing Reserve materials

Reserves materials must be checked out before being removed from the Reserves area. Check out Reserves material at the Reserves desk in the Bennett Library or using the self checkout terminals (there is one at each exit). At the Belzberg Library or Fraser Library, checkout Reserve material at the circulation desk. To use Reserves you must have a regular SFU Library Card. See Library cards: Borrowing Library materials for further information.

Reserve materials have short loan periods (2 hours to 7 days) to allow greater access to these materials for all students in the course. Fines are steep to encourage prompt return: $1.00 per hour per item when the Library is open.

Borrowers will receive an email with due time when items are checked out at the circulation desk. Date-due slip for Reserve materials, which indicates a specific date and time for the return of the material are printed at the self checkout terminals. Overnight loans for Reserves materials will accord with the following loan periods:

Due to the short loan periods, Reserve materials cannot be transferred between Belzberg, Bennett, and Fraser, so they must be returned to the same library where they were borrowed.

BENNETT RESERVE LOANS:
2 HR

Due two hours from the time taken out. 
Exceptions: after 8:01 p.m., due 10:00 a.m. next day.

 

4 HR

Due four hours from the time taken out. 
Exceptions: after 8:01 p.m., due 10:00 a.m. next day.
 

24 HR

Due 24 hours from the time taken out. 
Exception: If this due time falls when the Library is closed then reserves are due at 10am the next day the Library is open.

3 DAY

Due 72 hours from the time taken out. 
Exception: If this due time falls when the Library is closed then reserves are due at 10am the next day the Library is open.

7 DAY

Due 168 hours from the time taken out. 
Exception: If this due time falls when the Library is closed then reserves are due at 10am the next day the Library is open.

BELZBERG RESERVE LOANS:
2 HR

Due two hours from the time taken out. 
Exceptions: Monday to Thursday: after 8:01 p.m., due 10:00 a.m. next day. 
Friday: after 5:01 p.m., due 11:00 a.m. Saturday. 
Saturday: after 3:01 p.m., due 11:00 a.m. Sunday. 
Sunday: after 3:01 p.m., due 10:00 a.m. Monday. 

4 HR

Due four hours from the time taken out. 
Exceptions: Monday to Thursday: after 6:01 p.m., due 10:00 a.m. next day.
Friday: after 3:01 p.m., due 11:00 a.m. Saturday. 
Saturday: after 1:01 p.m., due 11:00 a.m. Sunday.
Sunday: after 1:01 p.m., due 10:00 a.m. Monday.
 

24 HR

Due 24 hours from the time taken out. 
Exceptions: Thursday: after 7:01 p.m., due 11:00 a.m. Saturday. 
Friday: after 5:01 p.m., due 11:00 a.m. Sunday. 
 

3 DAY

Due 72 hours from the time taken out. 
Exceptions: Tuesday: after 7:01 p.m., due 11:00 a.m. Saturday. 
Wednesday: after 5:01 p.m., due 11:00 a.m. Sunday. 
Thursday: after 5:01 p.m., due 10:00 a.m. Monday.
 

7 DAY

Due 168 hours from the time taken out. 
 

SURREY RESERVE LOANS:
2 HR

Due two hours from the time taken out. 
Exception: If this due time falls when the Library is closed then reserves are due the next day the Library is open: Monday-Friday before 10 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday before 11 a.m.

4 HR

Due four hours from the time taken out. 
Exception: If this due time falls when the Library is closed then reserves are due the next day the Library is open: Monday-Friday before 10 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday before 11 a.m.

24 HR

Due 24 hours from the time taken out. 
Exception: If this due time falls when the Library is closed then reserves are due the next day the Library is open: Monday-Friday before 10 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday before 11 a.m.

3 DAY

Due 72 hours from the time taken out. 
Exception: If this due time falls when the Library is closed then reserves are due the next day the Library is open: Monday-Friday before 10 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday before 11 a.m.

7 DAY

Due 168 hours from the time taken out. 
Exception: If this due time falls when the Library is closed then reserves are due the next day the Library is open: Monday-Friday before 10 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday before 11 a.m. 

**NOTE: In the event of labour disputes or similar disruptions to normal library services, patrons are responsible for returning materials within the specified loan periods.**

Renewals

Reserve items may be renewed if there is no hold on the item. Renewals only may be done on-line, in person, or by phoning Reserves at the library where the item was originally checked out: 778.782.4345 (Bennett), 778.782.5050 (Belzberg), or 778.782.7411 (Fraser). After renewal period has ended [see Borrowing policies for renewal periods for Reserve items] then all subsequent renewals must be done in-person, with materials at hand, at the Reserves service desk where it was originally checked out.

Requesting Reserve material

Patrons may place a Request on any Reserve item at the site where it is checked out. More than one hold can be placed on a Reserve item so any hold will be added to the hold queue for an item. Holds can be placed in person or by phone: Bennett (778.782.4345), Belzberg (778.782.5050), or Fraser (778.782.7411). When returned, requested items will be held for one hour from time due or time returned late, whichever is later. Items not picked up before expiry time will be returned to the shelf for circulation or if there is another hold on them then they will held for that person for one hour. When a hold is activated an email is immediately sent to the patron and they have one hour to pick it up.

Fines

Due to the high demand for these materials and necessity for prompt return, Reserve fines are $1.00 per hour for each hour the library is open ($50.00 maximum per item). Fines and suspension of borrowing privileges will start as soon as a Reserve item is overdue whether or not a HOLD has been placed. After $50.00 maximum has been reached, additional processing and replacement charges will be assessed.

Patrons with overdue items will be suspended from borrowing any Reserve item until the material is returned and the fine is paid.