Course Reserve contains materials in high demand, generally those needed for class assignments.  These materials are placed in Reserve on a temporary basis by instructors for courses being taught that semester.


Reserve is located on the first floor of the Ablah Library.  Its collection includes current periodicals, foreign and domestic newspapers, the Leisure Reading and new book collections, microfilm, microfiche, videos, DVDs, computer disks, CDs, and assorted equipment.


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Reserve Services

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Audio Cassettes All catalogued audiotape cassettes are located in the Reserve area. They can be checked out for 7 days unless otherwise indicated or listened to on cassette players in the Library.

DVDs & VHS Tapes Students will occasionally need to view telecourse videos, electronic classroom videos, or course videos their instructor has placed on reserve. Telecourse and course videos are for library use only; however, the library-owned videos and DVDs may be checked out for three days. The electronic classroom videos have two copies: one for library use only, and one that may be checked out for one day.


Microfiche / Microfilm The library maintains a collection of materials in microfiche and microfilm format, including newspapers and periodicals. Staff at the Reserve Desk will help with retrieval and set up on the reader/printer machines. The cost for copies is $.10 per page for current students, faculty, and staff.


SAC & SGA Movie Collection This collection, a joint effort of the Student Activities Council, Student Government Association, and University Libraries, is located in the Reserve department. DVDs can be checked out for up to three days and renewed once for another three day period. There is a check out limit of 4 DVDs at one time. Titles currently in the SAC/SGA collection can be found here


About the Collection

The textbook collection was started through a gift from Mrs. Marge Page, a longtime supporter of the Wichita State University Libraries.  Her decision to make the donation was based on the difficulty she and her husband faced in purchasing all their textbooks while attending college.

The aim of the collection is to assist students who may not be able to afford textbooks or who may be delayed in purchasing them.  Textbooks purchased for this collection are ones that generally cost $100 or more, and are required for classes with high enrollment.  

Attempts were made to represent each instructional college of the University in the collection.  Current textbooks from the Libraries’ general collection were also added to the ones purchased. 


Locating a Textbook
To determine if your textbook is in the collection, use the library’s online 
catalog. In the catalog, perform a Basic Search by Title or Author for the desired textbook. 



You may also search for textbooks by course number.  Follow these steps:

  1. In the online catalog Basic Search screen, type in the first few letters of your course name, such as CHEM for Chemistry or NURS for Nursing. 
  2. Next to ADD Filter there is a drop down menu. Click on the arrow and select “Textbook Collection.” 
  3. You may also enter the complete course name, such as AE 525 or CJ 392. Be sure to put a space between the letters and numbers.



To bring up a list of all textbooks in the Textbook Collection, click here.


Checking out Textbooks
Textbooks may be checked out to currently enrolled WSU students for two hours.  Textbooks are designated as library-use only; they may not be taken out of the building. If a textbook is checked out, a hold may be placed at the Reserve Desk. 

There are also a few textbooks on Reserve at the Music and Chemistry Libraries that are not part of the Textbook Collection.  They may be found by doing a Title or Author search in the online catalog.  You may also ask at the service desks at the branch libraries.


Fines for Textbooks
Fines on textbooks are $0.10 per minute.  There is a ten-minute grace period.  If a textbook is lost or not returned, the borrower will be charged the full current replacement cost plus a $15.00 processing fee.


More Information/Donations

Though the Textbook Collection has proved to be popular among our patrons, it is far from a comprehensive sample of the books used WSU courses. If your instructor has assigned a textbook that is not part of our collection, you may request that the library purchase the title using the Online Request Form here.

If you have questions or suggestions about the collection, or wish to make a donation of a textbook in current use that is not in the collection, please call the Reserve Desk at (316) 978-3583 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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