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Faculty Guide to Collections & Services


All faculty submit their syllabus to their department. Please contact your department coordinator for more information. If you would like to view syllabi from previous courses, please visit the Syllabus Archive (login required). 

Course Reserves

A course reserve item is anything you wish to be placed locally for students to access. Course reserves can be electronic or physical items.

Examples of course reserves:

  • Articles
  • Books
  • Book chapters
  • Streaming video content
  • Psychological testing kits

Electronic items are place on Ares, our course reserve management system. Physical items are placed in the library's reserve cabinet located next to the circulation desk. 

Electronic Course Reserves & Ares

The College requires all electronic course reserve items to be placed on Ares. An electronic course reserve item is anything accessed via a computer. This includes, but is not limited to, PDFs, articles, book chapters, website links, and online videos and audio.

Ares is a convenient location for both students and faculty to access and maintain their course reserves. For instructions on how to add and manage course reserves in Ares, please visit our Ares tutorial.

Physical Course Reserves

The library owns several hundred books, DVDs, and psychological testing kits that may be placed on the reserve shelf. To see if the library has the item you wish you place on reserve, please visit our catalog and search for the title. After locating the item, contact the library to have it placed on the reserve shelf. Please submit requests at least 20 business days prior to the start of class to ensure that checked-out materials can be recalled. 

You may also place your personal copies of items on the reserve shelf for a semester at a time. Simply stop by the library desk with your item(s) and the staff will be happy to place it in our system for temporary reserve. 

We encourage faculty to suggest additions to the library's collection. Suggestions are evaluated by the librarian and decisions based upon the library's collection development policy and budget. Materials that support courses are given first priority. Ebooks will be purchased where available and are given preference over physical copies. Please submit your request at least 90 days in advance to allow for processing and shipping. 

Examination & Desk Copies

Library staff are unable to request examination or desk copies on behalf of the faculty. We are, however, happy to assist you in locating publisher information. Below are some links to commonly-used publishers regarding the ordering of examination or desk copies. If you do not see the information you need or have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Guilford Press

Oxford University Press