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Reserve materials are required or supplemental course readings that Faculty members want to make available to all of their students. Items from both Decker Library and a faculty member's own personal collection may be placed on reserve.

Materials on reserve can be requested for use at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library. Reserve items can be checked out for a two-hour period and are for in-library use only.

Faculty members can use this Reserve Request Form (pdf file) to submit requests; this form is also available at the Circulation Desk. Proposed reserve books must be delivered by the faculty to the Circulation Desk along with a completed Reserve Request. The full Faculty Reserves Policy can be viewed on the Faculty User Guidelines page on this site.

Questions regarding Reserves can be directed to the Circulation Supervisor,, (410) 225-2272.


To request DVD reserves or schedule screening date holds, please contact Media Resources Collection staff at or (410) 225-2274.

Film reserves and screening date holds should be requested as soon as possible, to ensure that the requested materials are available by the date needed. Whenever possible, we will use a library copy of an item or purchase the requested item. Personal copies may be used in certain circumstances; however, copies on loan from another library or rental company will not be placed on reserve or held.

Materials currently available in the library’s collection may take up to two working days to be entered into our reserves system. Items that must be purchased take approximately two-six weeks, depending on availability.

Materials should be placed on reserve if it is important for your students to have access to the particular items outside of regular class sessions.

Students may view reserve materials individually at viewing stations provided by the library, or in small groups using the Decker Library Screening Room. Information on the screening room may be found at Students requesting reserve materials should know the name of the item they are requesting, their instructor’s name, and the name of their course.

The course instructor must be present when DVD reserves are circulated for use outside of the library, unless a signed TA checkout form has been provided. The material can be checked-out to the faculty member, or an approved TA, for up to 24 hours.

Screening Date Holds:
Screening dates should be scheduled when materials are needed for one or two classroom sessions but students are not expected to view the film outside of class. After the screening date has passed, the material will be returned to normal circulation.

Materials will be pulled from circulation two weeks prior to the provided screening date. If there are any availability issues, the faculty member will be notified in a timely manner.

The faculty member must be present to check out materials for screening dates unless a signed TA checkout form has been provided.