Social Welfare Library
UC Berkeley
227 Haviland Hall #6000
Berkeley, CA 94720

Phone: 510-642-4432
photograph: bookshelves in Social Welfare Library reading room

Course Reserves - Information for Faculty

What's on reserve
Readers
Number of copies
Articles
Loan periods
Do We Have It?
Reserve Lists Due Date
New Books
Adding New Items
Checking Your Reserve Listing

What's on reserve

The library maintains reserve readings each semester for 40 to 45 Social Welfare and Public Health courses. If you are using reserve readings for your class, we will put all the required readings on 2-hour reserve. We usually do not put recommended readings on reserve.

Readers

If you are using a reader, please produce at least one bound copy for the library. Students do ask for the library's copy. Also, please be sure to give us a list of the contents. We use this as a backup in case the reader is incomplete, poorly copied, delayed in production, or prohibitively expensive

Number of Copies

When the book or journal title is in our collection, we will put all copies on reserve. Generally, 1 copy per 25 students is sufficient. If there are problems with availability, we can accept additional personal copies or photocopies.

Articles

It's not necessary to give us photocopies of articles from journals or books that are in our library. We will simply put the original source on reserve. If the journal is not in our library, we will ask you for a copy of the article.

Loan Periods

The default loan period for reserve items is 2-hours, plus overnight checkout. If your class size is small and you do not believe availability will be a problem, we can set the loan period to 1-day or 1-week loan, provided the item is not needed for other courses.

Do We Have It?

You should check OskiCat when you compile your list to determine whether the books or journals you will be using are available on campus. If the book is in another campus library and not ours, we will try to borrow it. If that library will not lend it, we will ask you for an alternate copy. If the book is not on campus, we will decide whether to order a copy for this library. If we do not, or if the book order is delayed, we will notify you by the beginning of classes.

Reserve Lists Due Date

Reserve lists are due no later than 1 month prior to the beginning of classes. The lists should contain all the required readings and should be alphabetized by author. Be sure to indicate the publisher, edition, and date of publication. Please do not submit a syllabus in lieu of a reserve list. Reserve lists are always given priority in reserve processing.

New Books

Please notify the library immediately if you anticipate using new books for your courses so we can order them without delay. Vendors, processing, cataloging, and other requirements can add significantly to the time it takes to receive a book. If the item has not arrived by the time classes begin, we will contact you to obtain an alternate copy.

Adding New Items

You're welcome to add material to your reserves throughout the semester. However, please give us the material before you tell your students about it. Please also allow at least one working day before your material is ready. We'll return all of your material to you at the end of the semester.

Checking Your Reserve Listing

We recommend that you check the reserve listings in the OskiCat catalog yourself from time to time. See the instructions and additional information.


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