There are two different systems for reserves: E-Reserves and Paper Reserves. Items such as book chapters, journal articles, quizzes and syllabi are usually located on E-Reserves. Paper Reserves include items such as entire books and A-V materials. While the majority of paper reserve items are housed in the Undergraduate Library, some other smaller libraries maintain a reserve collection. Check with your instructor if you are unsure about where you find your course reserves. If you are taking a course in the School of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, or Public Health, please check Health Sciences Library's Reserve collection.
E-Reserves are available from any computer on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Off-campus users may access E-Reserves with a valid UNC Onyen. Because some E-Reserves are stored in PDF form, you may need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view these documents.
From the library homepage (www.lib.unc.edu), select "Reserves" in the middle of the page, then select "Search Electronic Reserves". Once you log in using your onyen and password, you should see a search box that allows you search by:
Once you have accessed the reserve material, you can read it online or print it for your convenience.
Not all reserve readings are available via E-Reserves. If you are unable to find your class readings using the E-Reserves system, you can search Paper or Media Reserves:
2. Select Course Number or Instructor. If you choose Course Number, it must be the four letter, three digit code typed with no spaces. If there are multiple sections, choose your section. If you choose Instructor, enter the last name first.
3. The materials will be listed, and can be sorted by title, author, call number, or format by selecting the boxes at the top. The call number will be listed on the right hand side along with the availability information.
4. Note the call number (usually a number beginning with an "X") and location for the reading. It is important to note the location, because although most paper reserves are housed in the Undergraduate Library, departmental libraries may also offer reserves. If the material has a regular call number (like PR672. B76), it is usually in the Reserve Reading Room and can be read in there, or checked out and taken somewhere else. If it has a call number that starts with "X" (like X5-1872), it will be behind the desk and you must ask for it. Items on paper reserve may be checked out for a limited time period. Both the Reserves Desk and the Reserve Reading Room are located off to your left as you enter the building, on the main floor of the Undergraduate Library.
5. Bring your UNC One Card to the Reserve Desk to check out the reading.
"Ask a Librarian" if you need help!