Reserves Collection Guidelines

Reserves collection guidelines

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Collection Guidelines

All physical material on a Reading List is automatically added to Short Term Loan, 4-day loan. Upon request, material can be added to the Reserve Collection and would have a 4-hour loan.  

Materials which may be placed in the Library Reserves Collection include: 

  • Books owned by the Library
  • Circulating maps owned by the Library
  • Personal copies of books*
  • Other material types as requested, within physical limitations   


  • Reference works; materials from Special Collections  
  • Items owned by other libraries 
  • Examinations, tests, and course syllabi 
  • Materials that are illegally copied or have license terms that exclude them from Course Reserve

Borrowing Course Reserves

All Course Reserve material is limited to a 4-hour loan period. To borrow Course Reserves, users must have a valid TrentU Card in good standing.   


*Personal or instructor copies will be catalogued and processed accordingly, with a call number, security tape, and barcode. They may also be sent off campus to the Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) for digitization.  Do not provide personal copies of rare or valuable items. Personal copies are deposited at the lender's risk and will not be replaced if lost or damaged while in the Reserve collection.