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Course Readings

The library acquires all course materials submitted to the bookstore and requested by faculty. Search for course readings, request titles be added, and learn more about the program below.

COVID-19 Update

The Library will continue to obtain an e-copy of course reading materials whenever possible (most textbook publishers do not provide electronic purchasing options for libraries).

For items we own in print, they will be available in the Course Readings section on Honnold 1.

Information for Students
  • The Library makes books, DVDs, and other course materials available online or in print on the 1st floor in our Course Readings Area (located by the Main Services Desk)
  • These materials are meant to be easily accessible to your entire class throughout the semester. Students can use these materials in the library or check them out for 4 hours at a time.
  • Please ask at the Main Services Desk for assistance with any Course Readings materials.
  • Articles and other electronic reserves for your classes are available on your Sakai  or Canvas course sites.

View more FAQs about Course Readings.

Information for Faculty

To submit a Course Readings (Reserve) request, you have two options:

  1. Submit your list to the Huntley Bookstore. Any requests submitted to the bookstore at least 2 weeks before the start of the semester will be received by the library.
  2. Complete our Course Readings Submission Form. If you submit your list to the bookstore, you do not need to complete this form.

Timelines vary depending on the availability of items and the number of requests received. Our goal is to have all course materials that have been requested up to 2 weeks before the start of the semester available by the time the semester begins.

Subject Librarians are available to work with faculty to identify course materials with an e-copy available.

If a Course Reading title is not available as an e-copy, scans of print books may be requested. You can post these scans on Sakai or Canvas.

For information on submitting personal copies for Course Readings, please see the Personal Copies section below.

View more FAQs about Course Readings.

Personal Copies

The Library makes every attempt to acquire all materials for courses taught at The Claremont Colleges. We do not accept personal items for Course Readings (Reserves) except in rare cases when we are unable to acquire a copy of the item for our collection. To inquire about the possibility of submitting a personal copy for Course Readings, please contact us at coursereadings@claremont.edu. Donations of items for Course Readings can be made in accordance with the Library’s collection policy.

For personal copies that are submitted for Course Readings: 

  1. The Library can only accept one copy of a title
  2. The Library is not responsible if the personal copy is lost or damaged
  3. You are responsible for retrieving your item within a month of the semester ending (we will send a reminder to your campus email address). Items that are not picked up or requested to be returned via campus mail within a month will be considered donations to the Library.

By submitting a personal copy for Course Readings, you agree to the above terms.

Questions about Course Readings?