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Reserves and Special Requests

Placing Materials on Reserve

Pepperdine Libraries will place materials on hard copy or electronic reserve at the initiative of faculty for the non-commercial, educational use of students.

The Libraries maintain copyright compliance as stated in the U.S. Copyright Act, Section 107. Pepperdine libraries follow the Pepperdine copyright policy.

Please allow at least 2 days for processing of materials Monday-Friday. Items needed for the weekend should be received by the prior Thursday.

The beginning of the semester is our busiest time, and reserve processing can take longer. Please submit your materials a week before the semester begins to ensure that your material will be available in time for your first class meeting.

A course reserves form (available at the circulation desk) must be submitted with your materials. This form is used for both hard copy and electronic reserves.

Faculty interested in placing materials on reserve should contact the following individuals at the different Pepperdine University library campuses:

Location Contact
Payson Library – Malibu Campus Sally Bryant
Drescher Campus Library – Malibu Campus Erik Helton
Irvine Graduate Campus Library Dillon Condon
West Los Angeles Graduate Campus Library Maria Brahme

 Hard-Copy Reserves

Hard-copy materials, such as books, videos and DVDs, will be placed on shelves behind the Circulation desk and circulated within the library for specified periods of time. Please contact your library location if you have questions about placing materials on reserve.

 Electronic Reserves (eReserves)

  • The Pepperdine electronic reserves (eReserves) are primarily accessed via Courses (Saki).
  • Materials are only to be accessed by current Pepperdine students.
  • materials are available 24/7 at no cost to students.

Please see below for information about what kinds of materials can be placed on eReserve.  

 eReserve Formats

Pepperdine Libraries maintain copyright compliance as stated in the U.S. Copyright Act, Section 107. In keeping copyright compliant, the following guideline has been set: All photocopied material must include a title page or source information.

We will check the license availability of materials requested to ascertain restrictions, terms, and cost. The costs of course materials placed on eReserve are paid for by the Libraries. Faculty may request the following items be placed on eReserve:

  • journal articles
  • book chapters
  • faculty-created materials with appropriate documentation
  • student-created materials with appropriate documentation
  • links to openly available material on other websites

Materials that cannot be placed on eReserve:

  • whole books or journal issues
  • multimedia items
  • faculty or student-created materials without appropriate documentation
  • faculty or student-created materials that contain copyrighted materials from other sources (e.g., images, charts, tables taken from other works)
  • items for which you are declaring Fair Use

 Placing Materials on eReserve

Faculty have two different options to place course materials on electronic reserve:

  • Submit hardcopies to the Circulation Desk where Library Staff will scan the document(s) and upload them 
  • E-mail electronic copies of document(s) to Sally.Bryant@pepperdine.edu where Library Staff will download the documents and upload them to Courses. Please turn in the cleanest photocopies possible and also include a copy of the title page.

 Using eReserves in Courses (Sakai)

eReserves are linked to Courses, allowing students to view materials placed on reserve directly from Courses. Faculty can choose to retrieve a link for to eResources. For more information about this option contact Sally.Bryant@pepperdine.edu for assistance.

 Return of Reserve Materials at the End of the Semester

  • All personal material on Hard-Copy reserve will be returned to you for any course not taught the following semester.
  • All library materials will be returned to their original location.
  • Courses' Reserve pages are automatically archived and can be unarchived when needed.



Procedures for Library Acquisitions Requests

Ordering books and other library materials

To order a single item:

  1. Go to WorldCat Discovery
  2. Search for the desired title.
  3. Go to the detailed record by clicking on the title.
  4. Click on the "Email" button and enter your library liaison's email address.

To prepare an order list:

  1. Go to WorldCat Discovery
  2. Sign in to your account or create a new account.
  3. Search for the desired titles.
  4. Click the "Add to list" button and create a public order list.
  5. Click on the list name to view it.
  6. Click the "Share" button and enter your library liaison's email address.

Didn't find your title in WorldCat Discovery?

You can also send author, title, edition/date, and ISBN information in an email to your library liaison.

You can also view our collection development policy.