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.


Electronic Reserves: E-Reserves (Eres)

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.

Access E-Res items via the Library E-Reserves site.

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


General Reserves:  Books & Media

Faculty may place Library-owned copies of books and DVDs on reserve. Faculty may also place personal copies of books and other materials on reserve to be used by students. Physical works lent to the library will be marked with identification and circulation labels. AU Library is not liable for damage to of loss of such works. Per fair use guidelines, a small portion of books may be digitized for student use upon instructor request.

Interested in placing items on reserve?

Contact AU Library's Head of Circulation and E-Res Manager, Judi Humphrey at ext. 5400 or by email at

Books & media on reserve 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 general reserve materials are to be returned to the Circulation Desk.



Items in the general 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.