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Course Reading Lists and Short Loans (Course Reserve)

The library can display your entire Course Reading List on LibrarySearch.  We can  link to online items (such as ebooks and artlcles) as well as items physically located in any part of the Library, not just Short Loan items held at the desk.

To access a Course Reading List just select the ‘Course Reading’ tab in LibrarySearch and search for the course code, course name or lecturer name.

Overview and Policy for Short Loan collection (Course Reserves)

Selected items in the Course Reading list can be placed on short loan.  This collection provides shortened loan access to required/recommended text books, readings and other resources. Loan periods can be adjusted to suit your students' needs while still maximising access. If a resource is in high demand*, then we recommend placing a copy on Short Loan for the duration of the course which will allow equitable access for all students.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Items will be placed on Short Loan while the course is being taught but will be returned to open shelves if they have not been borrowed more than 10 times a year or more than 5 times during one semester. 


Items placed on Short Loan must comply with Unitec's copyright policy and procedures.

How to place an Item on Short Loan (Course Reserve)

To put an item on Short Loan (Course Reserve) you must complete the Course Reading Form. You can complete the form in one of these two ways,

Either submit this form:

OR complete and email this word form:

Using the form will ensure we obtain the following information, which we require to quickly process your request:

  • Your Name
  • Course Name
  • Course Code
  • Year and semester that the course if being taught in
  • Title/Author/Edition (or Year of publication) of each resource
  • Loan duration for each resource
  • Approximate number of students taking the course

For assistance, contact your Subject Librarian.

Guidelines for placing articles on Course Reserve

Placing a personal copy of book on Short Loan (Course Reserve)

Where the Library does not hold a copy of a book, the lecturer’s personal copy may be placed on Short Loan for a specified time, for example until the end of semester, and then returned to the lecturer. The title will be considered for purchase by the Library.

Note: the Library accepts no responsibility for damage to or theft of personal copies.

Contact People

Subject Librarians
Please contact the Subject Librarian for your area with your Short Loan (Course Reserve) queries and to discuss your course reading needs.

Library and Information Service Assistants administering Course Reading Lists and Short Loans:

Jo Barnes
Mt Albert, Te Puna Library
(09) 815 4185 or (09) 892 7977 
or email


Simon Bowyer
Waitakere Library
(09) 892 8982
or email