Course Reserves Guidelines for Students

Odum Library supports instruction with reserve service for two collection types, traditional and electronic.  The 'traditional' reserve collection has physical items available for check-out at the Circulation desk.  Traditional course reserves are designed to provide a high level of access to materials that are in demand by a large number of students, i.e. an entire class.     The 'electronic' reserve collection are links to online full text files.  Both traditional and electronic reserves items are found on Course Reserves in the GIL@VSU Library catalog as first located by instructor name and/or course number and then by author and title.   The primary function of library reserve services is to assure that students and teachers will have timely access to course-related library resources. 

Traditional Reserves: Library collection materials are removed from the open shelves (or from an instructor's personal collection), placed on closed reserve shelves in the Circulation department, and given short loan periods to maximize access.   Loan periods for traditional reserve materials vary from 1 hour to 7 days. You must have a current University ID card to check out reserves. Only one reserve item may be checked out at a time.  Reserves are not renewable. Students should return reserve materials directly to the Circulation Desk to avoid fines.  If reserves are left on study tables, the student will be responsible for all fines incurred before the reserves are discharged from their record. Reserve fines are set at a higher level to motivate borrowers to return material on time for use by the next student. 

Electronic Reserves: Students can access electronic reserve items through the GIL@VSU Library Catalog Course Reserves  link  24 hours/day, 7 days/week from any Internet connected computer.  Copyrighted or licensed electronic reserve items are only available via a password, i.e. a course password as assigned and disseminated by the instructor, the GALILEO password, or via your VSU BlazeVIEW username and password.

Many electronic reserve items are provided as PDF (portable document format) files which can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader. If the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader isn't installed on your computer, you can download the free software browser plug-in from the below link:

Read the Library Computing and Technology FAQ for more technical help.

Copyright Compliance: The University System of Georgia Board of Regents Policy on the Use of Copyrighted Works in Education and Researchexplains in detail the rights of copyright holders, which are balanced by limitations on those rights under federal copyright law. The University System of Georgia also provides tools to be used to determine whether an intended educational use of copyrighted material is covered by fair use tenets. The Valdosta State University Library Course Reserves system follows the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Policy on the Use of Copyrighted Works in Education and Research. See also the Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions