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Course Reserves: General Information

Course reserves information for students and faculty

What are course reserves?

  • Course reserves are library resources that are in high demand because they are used for class assignments. Your instructors ask the library to reserve items that many students will need to access in a short time.

What can I do with course reserves?

  • You can check out most course reserve items for 2 hours at a time.
  • You can use course reserve items in the library, but they cannot be taken out of the library.
  • You can scan pages and save them to a USB drive for free.*
  • You can use your phone to take pictures of the pages.* 
    Check out these phone apps you can use to 'scan' pages with your phone!
  • You can copy pages for 10 cents per page.*

Here are a few example reserve books. There are many more!

Where are course reserves?

  • The library keeps course reserves at the Circulation Desk (on the first floor of the library, near the entrance).
  • Your professor may also place digital course reserves in Canvas.
  • NOTE: Not all textbooks will be on course reserve! Be sure to search for them.

How do I find course reserves?

  • Search here: https://vanguarduniversity.on.worldcat.org/courseReserves/landing
    • You can search by course. Use course number (ex: CHIS 400C) or course name (ex: Christian Heritage)
    • Or, you can search by instructor (ex: Austring).
  • Take note of the 'Call Number' given in the library catalog, so you can help the library staff find it on the reserve shelf.

Handy Links


  • Call 714-966-6382
  • Stop by  a Librarian's Office
  • Submit an Ask-A-Librarian Question Form for an email reply HERE
  • Instant message             with LibChat (below)