Faculty may place material on Reserve in the library and students may borrow that material for short periods of time, thus allowing a large number of students access to a single copy of an item. Borrowing time is determined by the instructor and generally lasts two hours, one day, two days or one week. Materials can include those owned by the instructor and those owned by the library.


Accessing Material on Reserve (Students)

To borrow reserve material, students must present a valid SUNY Polytechnic Institute ID

To find out which items are on Reserve, users may search the SUNY Poly catalog by course number, course name, or instructor; users may also look in the Reserve spreadsheet, kept at the Circulation Desk, which is organized alphabetically by course number.

Please give library staff your course name / number when asking for Reserve material.

Students may request a maximum of 3 reserve items at any one time.

Most reserve material may be borrowed for only two hours. Only selected items may be borrowed 1 day, 2 days, or for one week.

The loan period is indicated on the yellow book band attached to each item.
Fines and holds will be applied to students’ accounts for overdue Reserve material.

Fines are charged for reserved material that is returned late.

Loan Period Reserve Fines

2-hour ————— $.20 with $10 max
1-Day —————- $1/day with $10 max
2-Day —————- $1/day with $10 max
1-Week ————– $1/day with $10 max

Placing Material on Reserve (Faculty)

To place items on Reserve, please complete a Reserve Request Form for each item. The Library reserves the right to refuse to process material submitted without instructor’s signature.

Processing material for Reserve takes two to three days, so please submit your requests before your students need or expect the material. Please bear in mind that requests to place material on Reserve are greatest at the beginning of each semester.

To place materials on Reserves, please fill out our Reserve Request Form.

If any materials are photocopied, Faculty are responsible for securing copyright permission.

Restrictions to Reserve Requests

The following restrictions apply to placing material on Reserve:

  • Reference material will not be placed on Reserve
  • Materials belonging to or checked out from other libraries will not be placed on Reserve
  • Photocopies that do not comply with Copyright Law will not be placed on Reserve
  • Instructors’ Copies cannot be placed on Reserve