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Textbooks and Course Reserve Materials

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    Course Reserves

    Course Reserve materials for many Cabrillo classes are available for students to use for a limited time. Textbooks and other materials may be found at the following locations:

    • Cabrillo College Library, Aptos
    • Computer Tech Center (CTC), Building 1400, Aptos
    • Computer Tech Center (WCTC), Watsonville
    • Integrated Learning Center (ILC), Watsonville
    • Math Learning Center (MLC), Aptos

    If the cost of a required textbook is $50.00 or more, a single copy of those textbooks will be on reserve. This innovative textbook loan program is funded by a generous grant from the Cabrillo College Student Senate. At least one copy of the most expensive required textbooks is on reserve at the library or in other sites serving students. In addition, many other textbooks and materials are placed on reserve by instructors for use by their students.

    Reserve textbooks are intended for shared use. Most of the reserve textbooks are located in the Cabrillo library on the Aptos campus. The textbooks for CIS, CS, CABT and DM courses are on reserve in the CTC in Aptos. If the course is taught at the Watsonville Center a copy will be on reserve at the Integrated Learning Center (ILC) in Watsonville or at the Watsonville CTC. Finally, the MLC maintains a collection of the most commonly used current math textbooks.

    Reserve materials have limited loan periods. Time limits are strictly enforced to ensure fairness to all. Reserve items are subject to a minimum $5.00 fine one minute after they are due; fines continue to accrue until materials are returned.

    Checking out Reserves

    You must have a current Cabrillo College Library card to check out reserve materials. Most reserve materials can be borrowed for two hours. A single reserve item may be checked out at a time. You may borrow two items if the items must be used together. Note: Special Borrowers may check out Reserves for use within the library, but must relinquish the material to any student requesting it.

    1. Go to the Library Catalog
    2. Search by instructor's last name or by course name or number.
    3. Note Location information!
      • Aptos Reserve items available at the Library's Circulation Desk
      • CTC Reserves available at the CTC, bldg 1400
      • Watsonville Reserves available at the Watsonville Integrated Learning Center or at the Watsonville CTC
      • MLC reserves available in the MLC
    4. Write down the ITEM # or call number of the title you need, and request it at the location shown in the catalog record. The computer will either show CHECK SHELVES , if the item is available, or it will give a due time and date if the item is checked out.
    5. Remember to note the time the Reserve item is due.
    6. Return materials to the location you borrowed the items from.
    7. When returning reserve books checked out from the library, you may return them in book return on the right side of the Circulation counter, or hand them directly to a Circulation employee. You do not need to wait in line to return a reserve item. When the library is closed, items may be returned in our Book Drop, located on the wall to the left of the main front doors.

    When you check out a reserve item you are taking responsibility for the return of the item at or before its due time, even if circumstances are beyond your control.


    Reserve material may be returned and checked out again in person if no one is waiting for the item. Materials are available on a first-come, first-served basis; students may not request that reserve items be held for them.

    Damaged or Lost Reserves

    Please notify Circulation immediately if you damage or lose a Reserve book. You may be fined or charged replacement costs for damaged reserve materials.

    Overdues and Bills

    You will be billed for reserve materials as soon as they are overdue. There is no grace period for Reserve material.

    Fees (subject to change without notice)

    Overdue Reserve Fines (non-refundable)

    • Overdue up to one hour: $5.00
    • Overdue up to two hours: $10.00
    • Overdue more than two hours: $.25 per additional hour, 24 hours a day
    • Fines will accrue until materials are returned, up to a current maximum overdue fine of $90. for books and videos, and $30. for other reserve items.

    Replacement & Processing Fees

    • Books: $40.00 minimum
    • Folders: $10.00 minimum
    • Videos: $25.00 minimum


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