To be fair to all instructors who use reserves, reserve lists are processed in the order they are received. The processing of material submitted after the deadlines above may take up to one week from the time it is received. Reserve lists containing “copied” items in need of copyright review may require more preparation time due to the extra steps involved in processing the material.
What may be placed on reserve?
Reserve material may include books/journals owned by the library, personal copies owned by the instructor, photocopies, old exams, lecture notes, and much more. If you would like the library to order a book (excluding textbooks) for your reserves, provide the complete bibliographic information for the book to be ordered and allow plenty of time for the book to arrive and be processed. Ordered books take at least two weeks to arrive. While we do our best to care for personal copies placed on reserve, the library cannot assume responsibility for the wear and tear or possible loss of these items.
Please be aware that photocopies of items placed on paper reserve require copyright permission. See the UK Libraries’ copyright policies for more information regarding what does and does not require permission and how that affects your reserves. If you have unique reserve needs, feel free to contact reserve staff to discuss your needs.
How do I place material on reserve?
Whether you are submitting a new list or adding material to an existing list, always complete a reserve request form. For library books/journals, provide the complete call number as listed in InfoKat, as well as the author and title, to ensure that the correct item is placed on reserve. Personal copies and photocopies placed on paper reserve must be provided by the instructor at the time the list is submitted, along with a complete bibliographic citation. This allows all reserve material to be processed more quickly and ensures that reserve staff are able to obtain copyright permissions when necessary.
Submit the completed reserve form and any reserve material at the Science Library Circulation desk or send them by campus mail or an email attachment to:
Rachel Combs Senior Library Technician Science Library 211A King Bldg. Lexington, KY 40506-0039
The UK Science Library houses the physics, astronomy, chemistry, math, statistics, and geology collections. It is also home to the largest map collection of its kind in the state of Kentucky with approximately 242,000 paper maps and aerial photographs. The Science Library staff offer reference support, information literacy instruction, research help, course reserves, circulation, and library express (Interlibrary Loan, Book Express, and Article Express). The UK Science Library serves UK students, faculty, staff, and the commonwealth of Kentucky.
For assistance, contact our Information Desk at (859)257-5730.
UK Faculty/Staff, Affiliated Faculty/Staff, Emeritus Faculty, Visiting Scholars
Books: 120 days Bound and Unbound Periodicals: 4 days Non-Print: 7 days; 90 days Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days Item Limit: 100 items (unless restricted)
UK Graduate Students, Donovan Scholars
Books: 90 days Bound and Unbound Periodicals: 4 days Non-Print: 7 days; 90 days Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days Item Limit: 75 items (unless restricted)
UK Undergraduate Students
Books: 28 days Bound and Unbound Periodicals: 4 days Non-Print: 7 days; 28 days Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days Item Limit: 25 items (unless restricted)
Books: 28 days Bound and Unbound Periodicals: Library Use Non-Print: 7 days; 28 days Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days Item Limit: 10 items (unless restricted)