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Access Services

Fall 2020 Update

The NSCC Library is continuing to operate remotely through the Fall 2020 semester and we are unfortunately unable to loan items in our Course Reserves collection that are located at our campus libraries. The NSCC Library, when possible, is providing access to required texts electronically. Courses with required texts available electronically can be found here: HELM Catalog > NSCC Courses.

If you would like to request that the library purchase an electronic version of a required text, please complete the Purchase Request Form. The Library cannot guarantee that we will be able to obtain electronic access to all requests though we will make every effort to do so.

What are course reserves?

Course reserves are required textbooks, supplemental materials and media held in a collection at the Access Services desks. These items have shorter loan periods and are to be used within the library in order to allow for more students to use the item.  You can locate items on course reserve by going to the Course Reserves System website and select "North Shore Community College" for library. We also have e-reserves that can be accessed through the course page in Blackboard. Course reserves are reserved for use by NSCC students, staff, and faculty only.

How do you see if the library has an item on course reserve?

You can locate items on course reserve by going to the Course Reserves System website and select "North Shore Community College" for library.  Sort and browse by department, course, or instructor or use the search box in the top left corner to search by title or ISBN. Keep in mind the library does not have every required item on reserve at this time.

How do I check out a course reserve from the library?

Books and media on course reserve at the library are stored behind the Access Services desk. Find the item in the HELM Catalog or Course Reserves System website. Bring the call number to desk or ask a library staff member for assistance.

How long can I check out a course reserve?

Course reserves checked out from the library have a loan period of two hours. Only one course reserve item can be checked out at a time. Overdue fines are $1.00 per hour each hour they are overdue. Course reserves are reserved for use by NSCC students, staff, and faculty only and require an NSCC ID to be borrowed.

The library doesn't own a book that is required for my class. Can the library purchase a copy?

Yes. Please complete the Purchase Request Form.

I’m an instructor. How do I have an item for my class put on course reserve? How do I submit a request for an item to be placed on Course Reserve?

Please go to Course Reserve for Faculty.