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Faculty Resource Guide

Reserves vs. Holds

Placing a book or DVD on Reserve

You can make books or DVDs (personal copies and/or those belonging to the library) available for "in-library use only," so that your entire class can access them during the semester for brief periods. We can put items on the shelves behind the InfoBar and students come ask for it by title, course, or by the professor's name.

There is also an "Open Reserves" option, which is useful if you want students to see and use the books in a browse-able way (photo or art books, for example).

Any questions, email Sam Sharp at or visit the Course Reserves and Bookings section of the library website.


Placing a "Hold" on a book

When you search through the library catalog, you can always go find the book on the shelves by its call number. Books that are here at Hampshire will be marked “HC Stacks.”


Another option, especially useful if you're pressed for time, is to find the book in the library catalog and see if there's an option to “Request Item." If so, you can submit a request to have the book retrieved from the shelves by staff (whether it’s here at Hampshire or at any of the other Five Colleges- there's a guy in a van that drives books around on a daily basis). Then you will receive an email when it’s available at the InfoBar for you to check it out. If you don’t come get it within a week or so, it will go back onto the shelves for others to check out.

Multiple Ways to Access Films

There are a few ways to provide your students with access to films, and don't hesitate to check with your librarian if you have questions! All request forms and more details about these different options are available on the Course Reserves and Bookings page of the library website.

Place the DVD itself on reserve: You can use the standard reserve form to place a DVD that we own (or your personal copy) on reserve for two weeks. There is one viewing station for DVDs in the library, and we also have disk drives that students can check out if their computers do not have this capacity. All our DVDs can be found through the library catalog.

Digitization of DVDs we own to Hampflix: DVDs that are Hampshire College Library property can be digitized to a platform called Hampflix for students in your class to log in and watch. Please allow at least 2 weeks for media staff to complete the digitization process, especially during the busy beginning of the semester.

Booking, aka In-Class Screening: Submit a "Booking" request form if you want a DVD to be made available for a certain day so that you can make sure it is available to pick up and screen during your class.