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Course Reserves

How to place an item on Reserve

You may place books and articles on reserve at any Ontario Tech library for a 3 hour, 1 day or 3 day loan period. You may place articles on reserve at any Ontario Tech Library which can be accessed through the library's reserve catalogue in electronic format. Electronic reserves are subject to copyright compliance. Please fill in a reserve request form or print copy available at the circulation/service desk of any Ontario Tech library. You may place existing library materials on reserve, as well as your own personal materials. Please allow one week for processing of reserve requests. Any material placed on reserve will be searchable in the online catalogue under the reserves menu tab by course information and instructor(s). Title searches are only possible through the standard search in the catalogue.

If you would like to order an item for reserve which is not a personal copy or is not in the library collection, please refer your questions to our Reference Librarians. Please ensure that you also fill in a reserve request form (or print copy available at the library) so the library is aware of the course information and length of reserve loan you prefer. Once the item is ordered and processed it will be routed to the Reserve Collection and made available to your students. Allow at least six weeks for processing. If the item you require is time sensitive, the library policy is to have your department purchase the title from the bookstore and bring in the personal copy to be placed on reserve.

Please remind your students that Circulation/Service desk staff will need the call number to retrieve the book..

Only current Ontario Tech students, faculty, and staff can access reserve material.


The Library’s Reserve system complies with copyright law. Consult the Reserves Coordinator concerning restrictions on both hard copy and electronic reserve items.

A course pack (bound, packaged or assembled photocopies from more than one publication) may be placed on reserve in the library but no further copying of the course pack is permitted.

A single copy in an electronic format may be made available to students for library reserve from a university server. Properly cite resources – a user should always be able to find the source based on the information provided in the citation.

For more information regarding copyright issues see the Copyright Guide on the library's website.

Reserve Fines


  • Overdue hourly loans (including CDs): $4.00 per hour or any part thereof to a maximum of $100.00 per item.
  • Overdue daily reserve loans (including CDs): $10.00 per day to a maximum of $100.00 per item.


  • Other charges may apply once the maximum fine has been reached.
  • Charges may apply for overdue material for which fines are not normally assessed.
  • Suspension of borrowing privileges will occur when a borrower’s fines total $10.00 or more.
  • Marks will be withheld for non-payment of library fines or unreturned library material.
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