The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

UTRGV University Library Division of Academic Affairs

Reserves and Media

Brownsville: (956) 882-8221 or reserve@utrgv.edu

Brownsville Campus

Located on the first floor of our University Library, the Library and Research Services Desk can assist you with reserves and media equipment.

Course Reserves

  • Course reserve material may be checked out and returned at the Library & Research Services Desk located at the entrance of the Library. An institution ID CARD is required for checking out Reserve material.
  • Reserve material is checked out for 2 hours (Library Use Only), 1 day reserve, or 3 days reserve as specified by instructor.
  • Late fees begin to accumulate immediately if materials are not returned at the specified time or date.
  • Reserve library use only material is due 15 minutes before library closes.
  • Faculty may place document on Course Reserves through the Library’s Online Electronic Reserve Request Form.

Library Electronic Reserves

Electronic Reserves are class documents such as readings, articles, answer keys, and sample exams that students can access from the Library’s Electronic Course Reserves. These documents are placed on electronic reserves by faculty for their students. Documents must be found in our licensed databases or owned by the faculty. Students may access them by logging in on to their Blackboard accounts.

Faculty may place document on Electronic Course Reserves through the Library’s Online Electronic Reserve Request Form.

Loan Periods for Media Equipment at the Brownsville Campus

Material Type
Patron
Loan Period
Late Fee
Tablet
Student
4 hours (Library Use Only)
$4 per hour
 
 
Your library account must be in good standing to check-out a tablet. Tablet lending will end one hour before the Library closes. UTRGV credentials required to login.
 
Loan agreement form must be filled out prior to checking out tablet.
 
 
 
Graphic Calculator
Student
Length of Semester
$.25 per day
Graphing Calculator - TI-84 plus CE
Student
3 days
$1.00 per day
Headphones
Student
3 hrs./Library Use Only
$.50 per hour
 
Faculty/Staff
3 hrs./Library Use Only
 
QT Device
Student
Length of Semester
$.25 per day
DVD's & VHS video tapes
Student
3 days
$1 per day
 
Faculty/Staff
30 days
 
Audio CD's & Audio cassettes
Student
3 days
$1 per day
CD-ROM that comes with book
Student
14 days
$1 per day

Edinburg: (956) 665-2763

Edinburg Campus

The Reserves/Media Department is on the third floor, east side of the library.

This department houses faculty reserve material, media equipment, DVD and CD materials, microforms, and current newspapers.

Hours may vary during the summer, during Holidays, and between semesters. A complete listing of Library Hours, with these schedule changes, may be found on the Library's webpage.

For more information, click here to see our LibGuide.

Library Course Reserves

Materials for class assignments are placed on reserve by faculty and teaching assistants.

Reserve material is listed in the web catalog and can be found by course title or by instructor's name.

Instructors may use the online forms to place materials on reserves.

Each professor will make the decision about the length of time materials can be checked out when the reserves forms are submitted.

Checkout time for reserve materials varies from two hours to one week.

Patrons must present their own UTRGV University ID to get materials on reserve. All in-house use reserves stop circulation, and are due back 30 minutes before library closes.

The charge for overdue material is $0.50 per hour for materials available for less than 24-hour checkout, and $1.00 a day for those available on a 24 hour or longer basis.

The overdue fine for these materials is a charge for any part of an hour past the due time.

Library Electronic Reserves

The primary function of these services is to assure that students have timely access to course-related library resources.

Electronic Reserves are class documents such as readings, articles, answer keys, and sample exams that students can access from the Library’s Electronic Course Reserves. These documents must be found in our licensed databases or owned by the faculty.

Electronic Course Reserves may be placed through the Library’s Online Electronic Reserve Request Form.

The Library can also make individual book chapters, journal and newspaper articles available through electronic course reserves.

The Library complies with all applicable copyright laws. By submitting an electronic course reserve request for these materials faculty acknowledges that they have read and agree with the Library’s copyright policy.

The following standards apply to the use of copyrighted works as electronic reserves:

  • Inclusion of materials on electronic reserve will be at the request of the instructor, or his or her designate, for educational purposes only
  • The Library must possess a lawfully obtained copy of any material requested for use as e-reserves
  • Access to e-reserves will be terminated at the end of each semester following final examinations
  • Library reserves staff will investigate whether materials requested as electronic course reserves are available through an online database and will provide stable links to such readings that is licensed through our databases
  • The Library, with the advice of the Copyright Librarian, will ascertain that the quantity of material requested for use as electronic course reserves from any source does not exceed current fair use guidelines
  • Material on electronic course reserves is accessible by all students with a valid blackboard account

Library Media Equipment

In addition to reserve materials, the library also has laptop computers, camcorders, sound recorders and other media-related equipment that can be checked out.

Faculty, staff, and students must have a barcoded University ID.

If a faculty member needs to send his/her ID with a student or staff worker to check out media, a note to that effect must be written on a department letterhead and signed by the professor.

Students may check out media according to the following loan rules.

Failure to return media after the loan period will result in a hold being placed on the patron account for circulation of all library materials, and a late fee will be assessed.

Media materials are not loaned out through Interlibrary Loan. Media materials may not be checked out with a TexShare card, with the exception of CDs for books.

Loan Periods for Media Equipment at the Edinburg Campus

Material Type
Patron
Loan Period
Late Fee
Laptop
Student
4 hours
$4 per hour
 
Faculty/Staff
4 hours
 
Mobile Phone Charger
Student
2 hours
$0.50 per hour
 
Faculty/Staff
2 hours
 
Digital Camera
Student
6 hours
$2 per hour
 
Faculty/Staff
6 hours
 
Digital Camcorder
Student
6 hours
$3 per hour
 
Faculty/Staff
6 hours
 
Microphone
Student
6 hours
$1 per hour
 
Faculty/Staff
6 hours
 
Jump (flash) Drive
Student
4 hours
$.50 per hour
 
Faculty/Staff
4 hours
 
Sound Recorder
Student
6 hours
$.50 per day
 
Faculty/Staff
6 hours
 
iPad
Student
4 hours
$2 per hour
 
Faculty/Staff
2 days
 
Projector
Student
6 hours
$4 per hour
 
Faculty/Staff
1 day
 
DVD's
Student
3 days
$1 per day
 
Faculty/Staff
30 days
 
CD's
Student
3 days
$1 per day
 
Faculty/Staff
30 days
 
Tripod
Student
6 hours
$0.50 per hour
 
Faculty/Staff
6 hours
 
CD-ROM that comes with book
Student
14 days
$1 per day
 
Faculty/Staff
120 days
 
QT Device
Student
Length of Semester
$.25 per day

List of Newspapers Available at the Edinburg Campus

The Library subscribes to major newspapers for student use and research purposes. Below is a list of the newspapers available.

  • Advance News Journal
  • Austin American-Statesman
  • Brownsville Herald
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Corpus Christi Caller-Times
  • The Daily Texan
  • The Dallas Morning News
  • El Chicano Weekly
  • El Nuevo Heraldo
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Los Angeles Times
  • The Mercedes Enterprise
  • The Monitor
  • The New York Review of Books
  • The New York Times
  • The New York Times Book Review
  • Raymondville Chronicle and Willacy County News
  • San Antonio Express-News
  • The Sunday Times
  • TLS, The Times Literary Supplement
  • USA Today (Arlington, VA)
  • Valley Morning Star
  • The Valley Town Crier
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Washington Post

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