Reserves and E-Reserves

Musselman Library maintains a Course Reserves collection for readings and other materials assigned by Bluffton faculty. Placing items on Reserve insures access to materials that will be used by an entire class, or by a number of class members. Course reserves are included in the library catalog and can be searched by faculty name and/or course name/abbreviation. Reserve materials are available on request at the Circulation/Info Desk.

Reserve items may include Bluffton library materials or personal copies, but not materials from other libraries (as with OPAL or OhioLINK). All reserves are subject to copyright regulations.

Place items on course reserve

Verify that your course reserve items are available for use

Please direct questions about Course Reserves to Audra Oglesbee, Access Services Coordinator, 419.358.3271 or

Guidelines for Course Reserves

Use our online form to submit requests for items to be placed on course reserve.

The Course Reserves form provides a way to identify each item requested for reserve for a class.  Use the link to the form above (each item will have a separate form).

Normally, course reserve requests can be processed within 48 hours (except delays for weekends). Before the start of each semester, a 2-week window is advised to insure that the materials are available (not checked out) and to allow processing time. Lists are processed in the order received.

Loan period
The loan period for a course reserves item is typically 3-hour. There are two categories for 3-hour reserve:

  • those designated for in-library use only, with the exception that materials may be checked out overnight beginning an hour before closing time (and due back the next day within one hour of the library's opening; or
  • those designated for in-library use only without the overnight provision.

Other loan periods include 2-hour, 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, and 7-day.

Removing items from Course Reserves
Items are removed from Course Reserves after each semester or summer term.

Materials not owned by the Library
Materials not held by the library but needed for Course Reserve should be requested for purchase well in advance of the class use. Please direct inquiries about purchase to or call 419.358.3396.