A.   Reference (2nd floor Collection)

The Library maintains a small authoritative, timely and balanced collection of non-circulating reference materials.

B.   Reserve (Course Readings)

Faculty can request for physical library items (e.g. books, videos) to be put on Print Reserve. They can also request electronic links to articles or scanned book chapters to be uploaded in their D2L Brightspace courses through the Library’s E-Reserve service.

         1.    Print Reserve

Short term loans (2 hours or 1 day) are set for heavy demand items that are then placed on Reserve, usually by faculty teaching a specific course.

The Library does not normally order textbooks for the Reserve Collection. Personal copies from faculty are accepted but not books supplied by publishers for review purposes, due to copyright considerations. Faculty who want more copies of books on Reserve beyond what are currently available in the Library collection are asked to check with their subject librarians to consider additional purchases

         2.   Ereserve

Most e-reserve materials requested by faculty are journal articles from the library subscribed databases. Some are links to the Library’s ebook collection. Terms of use are checked before the creation of permanent links.

Changes in the copyright environment have enabled more book chapters to be scanned for e-reserve access. There is an increased demand for electronic access to book materials. The liaison process with subject librarians to consider e-book purchases is streamlined by going through the ERM unit. E-Reserve works closely with ERM for checking of ebook licences, feasibility of multiple user access, availability of ebooks for titles requested by faculty, and marking in the catalogue records of titles being used for e-reserve.

E-Reserve is collaborating with the Bookstore to verify the copyright status of items submitted for course packs. Faculty will be made aware of availability from the Library’s electronic subscriptions so that they can consider e-reserve access.

C.    Archives and Special Collections

Please refer to the Archives and Special Collections website for more information.

D.   Digital Repository

The library encourages community members to upload copies of their articles, data sets, working papers, multimedia files, teaching materials, etc.to the RULA Digital Repository, our institutional repository. Please refer to SHEPRA/RoMEO  for copyright restrictions before uploading previously-published research.

E.   Popular Reading Collection

The library maintains a small circulating collection of popular reading material. It is updated frequently and intended for leisure reading.