AU library has traditional course reserves (books, DVDs, or music CDs) and electronic reserves. Traditional reserves are located at the library circulation desk, main floor. Instructors placing items on reserve determine length of the reserve period, hours or days, and whether the item may leave the library.

Electronic reserves, also known as e-reserves or e-res, are located online and require password authentication to access. Instructors using e-reserves will provide students with a password for access.

Questions about reserves?
Please contact Judi Humphrey, Head of Circulation & Reserves, at x5400.


Placing Items on Reserve



Faculty may place on electronic reserve documents created in MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel, as well as files in PDF, audio, video or image formats. To submit an item for electronic reserve, complete the following submission form and return it to the Circulation Desk. Each item placed on reserve should have an accompanying form.

Electronic Reserves Submission Form

Please allow seven to 10 business days for access to be enabled to newly submitted electronic reserve materials.

Electronic reserve materials are searchable via the E-Res portal.

Fuller information can be found on the E-Reserves Policy page.



Faculty may place Library-owned copies of books, videocassettes, DVDs and CDs on reserve. Faculty may also place their own copies of books and other materials on reserve to be used by students registered in their course. Physical works lent to the library will be supplied with identification and circulation labels. The Library is not liable for damage to or loss of such works. Per fair use guidelines, a small portion of books may be digitized for electronic reserves upon instructor request.

Non-electronic reserve materials (books, videocassettes, DVDs and CDs) are shelved at the Circulation Desk. Faculty may choose from the following loan periods:

  • One hour (in-library use only)
  • Three hours (in-library use only)
  • One day (may leave library)
  • Three days (may leave library)
  • Seven days (may leave library)

All non-electronic reserve materials are to be returned to the Circulation Desk.

Non-electronic reserve materials can be searched for using the Ashland University Library Catalog.



Items in the non-electronic reserve collection are subject to late fines as follows:

  • Hourly reserves -- $.50 per hour
  • Daily reserves -- $.50 per day

The replacement fee for lost reserve items is the cost of the item plus a processing fee.