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Faculty Services

Contact a librarian if you have any questions.

Putting Items on Reserve

Course reserves allow faculty members to set aside books and other material for limited check-out periods. Typically, these are materials that faculty want students to read or view for a course but cannot justify asking students to purchase.

For reserve items, you may designate a check-out period of one, two, three, six, or twenty-four hours, or for three or seven days, depending on how students will need to use the item. For example, films on DVD are usually set to a three hour check-out period giving a student time to watch the film, but return it promptly so that other students in course can access it.

All reserve items are processed in the order in which they are received. Please allow at least 48 hours before notifying students that items will be available on reserve. Only 25 items may be put on reserve per instructor per course due to limited space. At any time during the semester, you may add or remove items from the reserve lists. 

To request that items be put on reserve, you may submit a list of items to the Circulation Desk. If materials are to be used consecutively for more than one term, please make a note of that.

Please contact Beverly Blalock with any questions that you may have about course reserves or to request items to be put on reserve. Call (864) 833-8299 or email

Items owned by Thomason Library

You may place books, audio-visual materials, and bound or current periodicals that the Library owns on reserve. If you would like Library staff to retrieve materials from the shelves, we must have your list one week before the materials should be available for student use.

Items not owned by Thomason Library

We will also accept your personal copies of books, audiovisual materials, or periodicals for reserve. Please note that personal copies of materials are marked and tagged for our circulation system and may undergo heavy use.
Books borrowed through PASCAL Delivers or Interlibrary Loan cannot be placed on reserve.

Photocopies of Articles and Book Chapters

Making photocopies of books or articles is the responsibility of the faculty member placing them on reserve and must comply with the Copyright Law of the United States.

Removing items from Reserve

Please provide Library staff at least 24 hours notice to remove any or all reserve materials, which otherwise will be removed at the end of each semester unless previously agreed to. Personal copies and photocopies will be returned to faculty at that time.

Requesting Library Acquisitions

Faculty are welcome to request items that support your courses to be purchased by the library and added to our collection.

Please contact a librarian if you would like to learn more about the acquisitions process and/or to request items.