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Access to Reserve Items

The John W. Anderson Library provides certain materials on Reserve. These books found by searching our online catalog, IUCAT, by the book's title, author, and any other useful information. Reserve books may be listed as either "Reserve Desk" or "PERSONAL COPY."

Students are required to bring their new RedHawk Card. Reserve books also require the Call Number for the Circulation Desk to find the book. Please read the remaining instructions for a better understanding of how Reserve works, including loan periods and fines.


In order to make it easier for you to gain access to materials needed for your courses, the library maintains a collection of materials that your instructors have requested be placed on Reserve. Be aware that it takes approximately one week to process materials before they are available.

Material placed on Reserve by instructors is also kept in the Reserve Area which is located at the Circulation Department. Reserve items may be books, articles, old exams, audio materials, or video cassettes. Each item is listed on cards which are filed alphabetically under the instructor's name in the Reserve File Catalog located on the Circulation Counter.


Generally speaking, only students may take out materials on reserve. Students wishing to use Reserve materials must have their IUN photo student i.d. card. This is the only item that may be used to borrow materials on Reserve. The Library also keeps a few special items on reserve such as preparation books for the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and Police Officer Exams. Any patron may use these materials by presenting a valid Indiana Driver's License which will be held at the Reserve Desk until the material is returned. These materials may not leave the library. There is a limit of 1 (one) item per student which may be checked out at one time. Be advised that the Reserve materials have significant fines for overdues. All materials must always be returned to the Reserve Desk to avoid a fine.

Loan Periods

Each instructor designates which category of Reserve will be used. There are 4 (four) loan periods available:

2 Hours - Library Use Only

   The book, article, or exam may not be taken from the Library at any time and must be returned to the Reserve Desk at the end of two hours. However, these items may be photocopied.

One to Four Days
    The item may be checked out at any time and may be returned at any time on the specified due date.
One week
    The item may be checked out at any time and may be returned at any time on the specified due date.


Reserve Fines

2 Hour Materials

  • First hour overdue per item: $2.00
  • Each additional hour overdue per item: $1.00
  • Maximum fine per item: $15.00

1 - 4 Day & 1 Week Materials

  • First day overdue per item: $2.00
  • Each additional day overdue per item; $1.00
  • Maximum fine per item: $15.00

There is a $5.00 fine plus replacement cost for a lost or mutilated item.
There is a $25.00 fine plus replacement cost for non-returned tapes, cd's, and audio/video cassettes.

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