Course Reserves User Guidelines

The Course Reserves collections of the Main and Science Libraries provide limited circulation of books and other materials to support University teaching activities. Reserve services are available to faculty and graduate teaching assistants who wish to restrict the loan period or provide electronic access on assigned readings in order to make them available to a large number of students. The primary function of these services is to assure that students and teachers will have timely access to course-related library resources.

Physical Reserves

Library-owned materials and instructors' personal materials may be placed on reserve and are listed in the library's online catalog. They can be searched by instructor's name, course number or department. Physical reserve items may be borrowed at the Circulation desk with a valid photo ID.



2 hour charges-Library Use Only 50¢/hour or portion of an hour
1 day charges $3.00/day
3 day charges $3.00/day
7 day charges $3.00/day

  • To ensure that reserve materials are readily available, only 2 reserve items may be checked out at one time.
  • Reserve items must be returned to the Circulation desk.
  • Patrons who do not return reserve items promptly may have their records restricted or flagged.

Electronic Reserves

Electronic reserves are materials that are available as full-text files which students can access online. With e-reserves students can download and print reserve items from any campus computer or from their home. USG copyright policy requires that e-reserves be password protected. Passwords are assigned by the instructor and must be unique for each course and changed each semester. It is the instructor's responsibility to give the password to the class.

More information on Fair and Copyright Use can be found here.

Accessing Electronic Reserves

E-reserve items are available through the GIL library catalog. From the instructor's reserve list in GIL, all electronic material can be accessed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Patrons should click on the item title and then look for the "Full Text Online" link. Clicking this link launches Adobe Acrobat Reader and you will be prompted for the password assigned by the instructor.

E-reserves are not compatible with the Google Chrome browser. Please use another browser to access e-reserves. Large PDF files may take longer to download depending on your internet connection. If you have trouble accessing or downloading e-reserve items, please contact reserve staff at 706-542-3256 or

Tips for viewing

E-reserve documents are PDF files created through Adobe Acrobat Exchange. In order to view and print these files, you need a recent version of Acrobat Reader. This is a free plug-in that can be downloaded here.

You may read e-reserve documents online, but your GIL session will time out after 10 minutes. We suggest saving the document to a flash drive or to your computer if it's longer than a few pages.

Search for an item on reserve here.

More questions? Just ask or check out the Reserves FAQ page!

If you have any questions, please contact

Ben Lawrence ( Brenda Robbins (
Main Library Reserve Coordinator Science Library Reserve Coordinator
706-542-3256 706-542-4535
706-583-8300 (FAX) 706-542-6523 (FAX)