Dana Medical Library supports approximately 195 classes across the Nursing and Health Sciences and Medical School curricula during a given year. Reserves are intended to make a limited resource available to as many users as possible. Library policies have evolved in the last couple years to reflect this main purpose, balanced with making sure students are allowed to use materials as long as they need. The ultimate goal is to keep an item in the hands of a user rather than on a library shelf.
Two hour Reserves, that used to be “In Library Use Only”, are now allowed to leave the library. Students can study in another location or sometimes photocopy the material in their department. The two hour loans can also leave the library overnight to accommodate night owls. Materials can be checked out within two hours of closing and are due back within 30 minutes of opening the next day. There is also a Book Return located outside the library’s main entrance.
Using reserves is easy with the Course Reserves link. The quickest way to search is by Course number. Once you find your item, staff at the Main Desk need the call number to be able to retrieve it. Scrap paper is available to write numbers down, but many users pull up the information on their smart phone and simply hand staff their device.
Reserves are available on a first come first serve basis. Wait lists are not an option because of no-shows. The two-hour loan means that materials come back in a timely manner so that the next user can wait and study something else. It is understandable that overdue fines are steep at $10 per hour. Materials can be renewed if no one else has asked for them. Please bring the item with you to the Main Desk to request a renewal, just in case someone else is waiting for the item.
Loan Periods for reserves are not limited to 2 hours, some can be 3 days, 7 days or 4 weeks depending on the item. The professor, not the library, chooses the loan period. Professors adding books or audiovisual materials to Reserve should use this link.
All of the services linked to here are also available on the library’s main webpage. For questions, contact the Main Desk at 656-2200. Hope to see you in the library soon.