High demand books, CDs, videos (and even rocks and skeletons) are placed on Reserve behind the Circulation Desk for students to check for a limited period of time (usually 4 hours) for use within the library only. Some items are in such high demand (such as tools for exegetical study) that they are kept on Reserve on a permanent basis. Students are charged for overdue items on Reserve at a rate of 25 cents per hour.
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Professors may put items on reserve for students in their courses when there is a limited number of copies available. Students must ask for these materials at the Circulation Desk and are limited to in-library use only. When the course is over, library books are returned to the Main stacks and personal copies are returned to faculty.
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Permanent Reserve materials such as Biblical Interlinears, Lexicons, and other Tools for Literary Exegesis and Analysis are always on Reserve due to their high demand. These heavily used expensive resources are carefully shared among the large numbers of students who need to use them.