Faculty Reserve Services

Putting Items on Reserve


Temple University Libraries have switched  to a new course reserves platform beginning in Summer Session I 2013 - it is called Ares and you may access it through Blackboard.

Log into your Blackboard account at http://blackboard.temple.edu

Click on the title of the course that you require course reserve material for.  If you don’t see your course you can create one. You will need a course number which you can find by calling the Help Desk at 215 204-8000 or the ISC at 215 204-8529.

In the top left hand part of the screen you will see a red box that contains several options, please click on the link  labeled tools

Scroll down until you see a section labeled “Course Reserves” and click that link. You will be asked which semester this class will be taught, so select that.  You will now be routed to our new Ares Course Reserves system and will see a list of options along the left hand side of the page.  One of these options is add reserve items located in the Instructor Course Tools section  which will open to a page that has several icons, each corresponding to a material type.  Click on the icon that corresponds to the type of material you’d like to request to be put on reserve and it will direct you to a form that you will need to populate with needed information.  Once the form is complete, please click submit.  From there, the request will go to the library staff for processing. 

Here’s a link to a video detailing this process:  http://library.temple.edu/ares-tutorial

Faculty may place up to 40 items per course on reserve for the current semester. It can take up to two weeks to process your reserve request - please submit your reserve requests before the start of the semester.

Instructors' personal copies of books may be placed on reserve, with few exceptions. These items will be labeled and bar-coded, and will probably sustain more than average wear and tear. It should be noted that, while the Libraries make every effort to ensure that instructors' personal books are not stolen or damaged, this does sometimes happen. Temple University Libraries cannot be responsible for the replacement or compensation for the lost or damaged material.

Reserve staff will process requests in the order received and will make every effort to ensure a two week or less turn-around of requests. However, the following potential delays should be considered:

Items not owned by Temple Libraries: Depending on availability, it can take two months or more for a book to be ordered, acquired, cataloged and processed for reserve.

Articles from journals not owned by the Libraries must be acquired through InterLibrary Loan. Items not currently available: Library books may need to be recalled from a user, located, or replaced.

Removing items from Reserve: Unless reserve staff is otherwise notified, all reserve materials are removed from reserve at the end of the semester. Personal copies of books will be returned to the instructor's campus address.