Using Reserves - Student FAQ

  1. What are E-Reserves?
  2. How do I access my E-Reserves?
  3. How do I find readings for my class?
  4. I can’t open an electronic reserve item. What do I do?
  5. I click on the “E-Items” link but the system will not accept my NetID and password. What do I do?
  6. Can I use my Black-Board user name and password to access E-reserves?
  7. What are On-Site Reserves?
  8. Where can I go to check out On-Site Reserves?
  9. May I renew my On-Site course reserve materials?
  10. May I take On-Site reserve item out of the library?
  11. How long can On-Site items be checked out for?
  12. What are the fines for reserve items returned late?
  13. Do you have a copy of the textbook for my class on reserve?
  14. Can I put a “Recall” on a reserve item?

What are E-Reserves?

Electronic Reserves provide online 24 hour access to your course readings. These readings are made available electronically at the request of your instructor. E-reserves access is restricted to students enrolled in a specific course.



How do I access my E-Reserves?

Your NetID and password will give you access to E-Reserves for a course in which you are enrolled. E-reserves access is granted based upon enrollment in the course associated with the reading you are trying to access.



How do I find readings for my class?

You can find all of the reserve readings for your classes in the UT Arlington Library Catalog Look at the Course Reserves tab and search using your instructor's name, last name first.



I can’t open an electronic reserve item. What do I do?

There are several possibilities. Please check the following:

  • If the reading is there, but there isn’t an “E-Items” link, your instructor may have asked us to place it on “On-site” reserves only (i.e. not online)
  • E-Reserves materials are listed by the title of the article or book chapter along with the article/book author information. Check your assignment or course syllabus to see if your instructor has named the reading in a different manner.
  • It takes us 5 to 7 workdays to process readings for E-Reserves. Try checking the course listing a little later, or contact us for the status of your course readings.
  • You may need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader downloaded on your PC; this software will enable your web browser to open and view the PDF files; all E-Reserves files are in PDF format.
  • If you continue to have problems, go to the Connecting from Off-Campus Guide for additional information to assist you.



I click on the “E-Items” link but the system will not accept my NetID and password. What do I do?

Contact the Helpdesk at ext. 22208, they will verify that your NetID and password are correct.



Can I use my Black-Board user name and password to access E-reserves?

Your BlackBoard user name and password are the same NetID and password that you use to access e-Reserves, so yes you can.  However, Library e-reserves are only available through the Library catalog.  BlackBoard is a course management system that is not tied to the Library catalog e-reserves.



What are On-Site Reserves?

Readings and other high demand course materials that your instructor has selected, to supplement the lectures and textbook for the class. Materials placed On-Site are checked out for short periods of time in order to make them available to as many students as possible.



Where can I go to check out On-Site Reserves?

Ask for your On-Site reserve materials (physical copies) at the Circulation Desk at Central Library or the Service Desk at either the Architecture & Fine Arts Library or the Science & Engineering Library.



May I renew my On-Site course reserve materials?

No. Reserve materials are in high demand and therefore cannot be renewed.



May I take On-Site reserve item out of the library?

Most reserve materials must remain in the library. If there is an exception to this, the reserve item will be labeled accordingly.



How long can On-Site items be checked out for?

It depends on the time limit set by the professor who placed the item on reserve. Typical time limits are: 2 hours, 3 hours, 24 hours, 3 days, or 7 days.



What are the fines for reserve items returned late?

The 2, 3, and 24 hour loans accrue 2 cents per minute Please note that Reserves material have a higher overdue fine than regular materials and late fees begin to accumulate immediately if reserve materials are not returned on time. View more information on overdue fines



Do you have a copy of the textbook for my class on reserve?

The library does not purchase textbooks. The professor may put a personal copy of the textbook on reserve.



Can I put a “Recall” on a reserve item?

No. Reserve items are in high demand, therefore, they cannot be “Recalled”. Onsite reserves are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis only.




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