Course Reserves

Placing Materials on Course Reserve

CSUMB Library Course Reserve Collection consists of required and/or recommended materials placed on reserve by instructors each semester their class is being taught. Required course materials have priority processing. Articles should be linked from your Canvas course.

  • To ensure that Course Reserve materials are processed and available to students at the beginning of the semester, we recommend that the professor/lecturer submit all materials at least 4 weeks prior to the first day of instruction.

  • Books & personal copies*

    CSUMB Library copies and personally-owned copies, limit of 4 copies of the same title. Please include attached note for special handling for processing personal copies. The library does not place on reserve copies of materials, including readers, created by retail/mail-order vendors or borrowed from other libraries.


    Consult the guide to Electronic Course Readings for guidance on articles from newspapers, periodicals, other non-book sources and unpublished work by the instructor.

    Photocopies of unpublished personal materials*

    Personally written unpublished loose-leaf materials may be placed on electronic reserve, and bound materials may be placed on course reserve.


    Items owned by CSUMB Library, and media in its original packaging from the manufacturer. The library does not place materials produced by retail/mail-order vendors or from other libraries on reserve.

    *The library is not responsible for the condition in which materials are returned, nor will the library bill patrons for lost or damaged personal copies.

    Please Note: U.S. Copyright Laws may protect some materials placed in a course & electronic reserve environment. By using Course Reserve Services, the instructor and the student agree to comply with existing U.S. copyright laws

  • Loan periods are as follows: 3-day loan, 1-day loan, and 2-hour loan

    • For library-owned books or to request the library purchase a book: submit via the online Course Reserve Request Form.
    • For personal copies: submit in person or by mail using the Course Reserve Item Form.
      • Mail to: Library Course Reserves, CSUMB Library, Bldg. 508, 100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA 93955
    • Please Note: The library accepts personal/department copies of books and other materials for reserves. Instructors are cautioned to make this decision with care as items may be lost or damaged by borrowers. The reserves staff will use tape/stickers on the spine and adhesive security tag inside of the book in order to label it for library lending.
  • If you have personal copies of materials left on reserve from a previous semester that you wish to retrieve, contact library course reserve staff via email: or visit the library circulation desk.

    Course materials can be removed at any time, the duration period is pre-determined by the instructor when Course Reserves requests are submitted.

    This semester only/One full academic year: At the end of the school semester/year, the library owned items are returned to the collection for general use, and personal copies are returned via campus mail back to the instructor's campus office or department.

    Permanent/until further notice: The library reserves the right to remove any item from the permanent course reserve collection if your reserve items have not circulated in the past two years.

  • Course & Electronic Reserve Services questions may be directed to the Course Reserve staff at 831-582-3871 / 831-582-3897,