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Information for Students
CCSF Libraries provide access to course-related materials. Materials can include textbooks, instructor owned materials such as practice tests or class notes, electronic files, photocopies, library books, DVDs, etc. Some courses will not have any designated reserve materials. Only currently registered CCSF students may borrow reserve materials.

  • Items are designated by faculty for loan periods that vary from 1 to 168 hours (7 days.) Most materials are library use only.
  • Students must have a valid student ID to check out material.
  • There is a 1 item limit. Some materials that are part of a set, such as a textbook and companion workbook, may be treated as one item for checkout.
  • After an item has been returned, a user may re-check-out the item after a 1 hour waiting period.
  • Reserves are checked out in person on a first come, first served basis. Due to the high volume of users, we cannot set aside material to be picked up at a specific time.
  • Reserve items must be returned to the same location where they were checked out. They cannot be returned to a different CCSF campus.
  • Please return your reserve items on time to avoid overdue fines. Overdue fines begin accruing immediately after the item becomes due. Fines are 50 cents per hour.
To find out if an item is on reserve, check CityCat, the CCSF Online Catalog. You can search by course number or instructor’s last name.

Information for instructors:
CCSF libraries will place course materials provided by instructors on reserve for check out by students. Reserve materials may include textbooks, lecture notes, supplemental course readers, packets, DVD’s, slides, etc. Loose materials such as photocopies should be in a folder or binder ready for use. Materials already in the library's circulating collection may be placed on reserves as well as instructors personal copies.

Instructors provide the print course materials or electronic documents that are expected to be in high demand or that require special security in the library's reserve section. They designate shorter loan periods for higher demand materials, such as two-hours or one-day.

One of the most frequent requests at the Library is for copies of the current course textbooks. The library does not purchase textbooks so they ask that instructors provide copies for the library so they can make them available to students. If you do not have an extra copy, you can request one from your sales representative. Use a statement such as this: “to support at-risk youth who might be unable to finance a book, please consider sending us 1 copy of the following books adopted at this school (list course number and approximate enrollment if you have it) to have on reserve in the library for emergency situations.” To place an item on reserve, faculty should visit the circulation desk of the library where the students will access the materials. Please bring the material and fill out a Reserve Material List form. Be prepared to specify how long the loan period should be to maximize student use (1 to 168 hours). For forms and questions, please contact the circulation staff listed at the appropriate library location:

  • Rosenberg Library - Shirley Lee or Anna Nguyen 452-5433
  • Media Center – Gail Ruhland 452-5593
  • Alice Statler Library - Sandy Sadler 239-3910
  • Downtown Campus Library - Marilyn Burke 267-6580
  • John Adams Campus Libraries (Hayes & DeAvila) - Maria V. Pinedo 561-1988
  • Mission Campus Library - Debra Duhon 920-6139
  • Southeast Campus Library – Alice Sai 550-5424
To request that the library consider the purchase of new materials or for more detailed questions about library support for your courses, contact the appropriate department subject librarians or the appropriate campus librarian.

Electronic Reserves
City College Library is now offering electronic course reserves (e-reserves) for certain types of materials. Original materials do not have to be in electronic format; we can scan hard copies.

About E-Reserves:

  • E-reserves are electronic documents students can access through CityCat, the library catalog, which means they are accessible 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection, and not restricted to library hours or seating availability.
  • E-reserves accommodates many document types, eg doc, ppt, pdf, html, jpg, gif, as well as links to webpages, database articles and e-books.
  • Password protection is available, limiting access to students in your course. You provide the password to your students. Library staff cannot give out e-reserve passwords.
Materials we can place on e-reserves at this time:
  • Materials for which we do not have to obtain copyright permission, such as instructors’ notes, sample papers, sample exams, etc.
  • Links articles from our periodical databases
  • Links to eBooks that we offer through NetLibrary
  • Links to instructor webpages
Why E-Reserves?
  • Materials are accessible 24/7 with an Internet connection.
  • We can easily provide you with information on how your materials are being utilized.
  • Print materials aren’t subject to wear and tear.
  • If you have your own course website, you can link to your reserves course or instructor listing in CityCat (the library catalog) rather than adding items to your website each semester, or use e-reserves as an additional, familiar point of access to your website.
  • Links to articles in our databases have proxy server authentication, streamlining connecting from off-campus.
  • Copyright-free items (such as those you create) can remain in e-reserves from semester to semester, and you need only ask us to repost them and change the password each term.
The submission form for electronic reserves is at

Please feel free to contact Sascha Hutchings at or 452-5549.


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