Course Reserves: Information for Students
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Information on Reserves
and Locating Reserve Materials Using ELMS
Media on Reserve
General Information on Reserves
The Reserves collection includes
items that are being used for specific courses as requested by course
instructors, usually as required reading. Items on Course Reserves fall into two
basic categories :http://ng.elms.umd.edu/
- Electronic Reserves mainly consist of articles in
e-journals, and PDFs of scanned articles or book chapters. E-reserves may be
accessed from any computer through your ELMS (powered by Blackboard) account.
- Books and Media consist of books, compact discs, video
recordings, and other physical items. To access these materials you will need to
use ELMS to determine which library holds the item you need. See
Books and Media below for information on special policies
regarding these materials.
The remainder of this page is devoted to using ELMS to access reserve items,
and to specific information on E-reserves and hard copy reserve materials.
If you do not find what you need here, please contact
Reserves staff for help.
If you are
uncertain how to access Course Reserves, please view our
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Identifying and Locating Reserve
Electronic reserves (e.g., articles and chapters in PDF
format) and listings of hard copy reserves (e.g., books) are made available
through your course in ELMS. Here's how to access your ELMS course and view your
- Go to
- Log in with your Directory ID and password
- Select your course under "Courses"
- Click "Modules" in the left navigation menu
- In the "Libraries" module, select "Course
Reserve items are available for download/viewing if they are PDF files and
web page/database links. Hard copies, such as books, will have the library, call
number, and information on availability* when you click the title.
you have any problems using links to the online catalog from the Course Reserves
system in Internet Explorer, you can try using Firefox or setting IE to display
- Open IE
- Go to: Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level...
- Scroll down to the 'Miscellaneous' section
- Set the 'Display mixed content' setting to 'Enable'
- Click 'OK' and then 'Yes' and 'OK' again
- Restart IE
Assistance with ELMS is available from the
If you do not see your course in ELMS or an item you expected
to be listed for reserve, contact any reserves
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Reserve items in
electronic formats are linked to directly from your ELMS courses. See
Identifying and Locating Reserve Materials above for
information on using ELMS.
Some items may require authentication through
Research Port. See the Guide to
Research Port for information about logging in.
Reserves items in PDF
format require Adobe Acrobat 5.0 or higher. [Download
Opening and Viewing PDFs from Course Reserves
Internet Explorer (Win/Mac) and Firefox (Win)
- Make sure you have the latest version of
- If still having problems, set up Adobe Reader to NOT open the PDFs in the
- Start Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
- Choose Edit > Preferences.
- Select Internet on the left.
- Deselect Display PDF In Browser Using [Acrobat application], and then click
- Quit Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
- The next time you open a PDF, choose the program to open it (e.g., can
choose for Adobe Reader to open every time).
- If still having problems, try downloading
Foxit Reader and
setting that to open PDFs.
Same as above except Foxit Reader is not available on Macs. If your computer
tries to open an ares.dll file and fails, try saving or re-naming the
file as ares.pdf before re-opening.
Same as above but there are other known problems with Safari and PDFs, in
general. See the
help page for using Safari.
Some of the issues with viewing PDFs on Macs can be attributed to
incompatibilities with Mac Preview, which is the default viewer for PDFs in Mac
OS X. Once you have the latest Adobe Reader program downloaded and installed,
you can change the file association for PDF files so that PDFs open in Adobe
- Select any PDF file and choose File > Get Info.
- Choose Adobe Reader as the application you want to open PDF files from the
Open With menu.
- Click Change All, and then click Continue.
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Books and Media
Books and media
on reserve are stored in UM's various libraries. Check your course
in ELMS to determine which library houses the particular items you need.
Depending on the library, you may need to provide a call number to get the item
you need. Check with individual libraries for more information. In general, the
following policies apply:
Borrowing Reserve Materials
- Items are available for either a two hour or a twenty-four hour loan
period as requested by your professor
- You will need your UM identification card to borrow reserve
- There is a limit of three items per person checked out at
- All reserve materials must be returned to the Reserves Desk
from which they were checked out
Renewal of Reserve Materials
In general, an item on reserve may be
renewed as often as the borrower wishes, as long as there are no other requests
for it. Users of 24-hour reserve items must wait one day after returning an item
before checking it out again. Note: Reserve items may be
renewed only at the Reserves Desk from which they were borrowed and can not be
renewed at other circulation desks or in My Account.
Fines are imposed in an effort to guarantee that all
borrowers will have full access to high-demand materials. To further guarantee
this access, fine rates are higher than normal circulation fine
The fine rate for reserve items is $2.50 for each
hour or portion of an hour overdue. This policy applies to both 2-hour
and 24-hour loan items.
Please remember that you are responsible for
items you checked out. Handle each item with care and return it promptly. A fine
may be imposed for mishandled or damaged materials. Do not allow other students
to borrow reserve items that are checked out in your name.
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