Auburn University Libraries provides Traditional Reserve and Electronic Reserve.

Traditional Reserve is a collection of books and other materials that are able to be checked out and viewed for a specified time period.  Traditional Reserve materials are shelved at the first floor Circulation Desk near the parking deck entrance at the RBD Library.

Materials "On Reserve" support Auburn University teaching activities. Only active faculty and graduate assistants can request that materials be placed on reserve for class use.

Each instructor has a page listing in a binder at the circulation desk with all the materials that he or she has on reserve.  The list can also be accessed on our website at under "Books on Reserve".  

The materials located on Traditional Reserve should either be requested by the instructor's name or the author's last name. In order to check out Traditional Reserve materials, patrons must be either an enrolled student, an active faculty member, or an active staff member. All reserve users must present a valid TigerCard at the time of check out in order to borrow any reserve materials.

Traditional Reserve materials may be checked out for either two hours, twenty-four hours, three days, or seven days.  Two hour check outs are not to be taken out of the library.  The instructor who requests that the material be on reserve determines the loan period.

Traditional Reserve materials cannot be renewed. Two-hour check outs may be checked out again after one hour. Twenty-four hour, three-day, and seven-day materials may be checked out again after one day.

Traditional Reserve Fines:

Loan Period

Fine per item

Maximum fine per item

2-hour reserve 25¢ per hour $10.00
4-hour reserve 25¢ per hour $10.00
1-day reserve 50¢ per day $10.00
3-day reserve 50¢ per day $10.00
7-day reserve 50¢ per day $10.00

Electronic Reserve  is a collection of electronic materials such as test files, class notes, and journal articles that are accessible 24-hours a day.

All materials placed on e-reserve must fall within the fair use guidelines of the U.S. Copyright Act or have written copyright permission from the copyright holder.  It is the responsibility of the instructor to obtain and supply the library written copyright permission from the publisher.  All copyright protected materials will be password protected.  The password will be restricted by the instructor to the students currently enrolled in the course.  Course passwords cannot be given out to the students by library personnel.

Items on Electronic Reserve should be no longer than one chapter, less than 10% of a book, no more than one journal article from a particular issue, no more than three articles from a particular volume, and no more than one poem from a collected work. 

Questions about Reserve Procedures?

Jackie Edwards at or (334) 844-1701 

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2014