Course Reserves

Required readings may be placed on reserve at either circulation desk; submit the request form at least a week in advance. Allow at least one month for ordering and processing of new acquisitions. Reserve loan periods are two-hour or two-day.

Personal copies of books and other materials may be placed on reserve, as well as photocopied articles/readers that are produced in conformance with current copyright law. The libraries are not responsible for lost or damaged personal copies, including barcode affixing. Please retrieve personal copies at the end of the semester.

Copyright & fair use: from time to time the library may need to determine whether materials provided by instructors are in accordance with fair use guidelines. The library will return those materials which are clearly outside of acceptable practices. The library may also enjoin faculty from using library materials in ways that are not permitted under the fair use doctrine.

Intralibrary borrowing

Items from the other campus library can be paged for you and delivered to the circulation desk of your home campus; ask at either circulation desk.

Interlibrary loan

Materials not owned by the libraries can be requested from other libraries through interlibrary loan. Please refer to the complete ILL policy for more information.

Instruction services

You can request that a librarian visit your class to teach about the library's collections and information literacy. Read our Instruction Services page to learn more about what we offer.

Reference services

Library staff provide in-person reference assistance, response to telephone, email, and correspondence inquires, and in-depth research consultations. See the library staff page for more information.

Library acquisitions

Requests for library acquistions can be made in two ways:

  1. Use the Recommend acquisitions link on the library homepage.
  2. Contact a librarian in person, by phone, or by email.

Materials needed for courses are given highest priority, especially required readings, materials that will have on-going use over several semesters, or that will be used by multiple sections of a course. Please allow at least a month for ordering and processing. Note that the libraries do not purchase textbooks.

Visual resources

The ARTstor image database is available through the library website and provides extensive collections of high-quality images in the arts, architecture and design. ARTstor is designed for educational use, and provides tools for creating image groups for lectures and other classroom use. Create your user account while on campus in order to access the database from home.

The CCA Libraries also maintain institutional image collections to support the current college curriculum. See the Request Digital Images page for more information.