MSJC Libraries: Reserves FAQ

Textbook Reserves FAQ

Does the library have all the textbooks on reserve?

Through a Student Equity grant and faculty donations, both libraries strive to keep a copy of each required textbook on reserve. However, it is not always possible to obtain copies of all textbooks. If you are unable to locate your textbook, please contact the MVC Library Reference Desk at 951-639-5450 or the SJC Library Reference Desk at 951-487-3452 for assistance.

How do I find out if my textbook is available on reserve?

  1. If you are in the library, you can scan the open textbook shelves for your book. The books are arranged alphabetically by subject and then by course number (e.g. English 98, 101). 
  2. You can also search for textbooks online. On the library homepage, click on the "Textbooks/Reserves" tab. Search using course subject or course abbreviations (see below). You may also add your course number. For example you can search by: English, ENGL, or ENGL 101
  3. Ask for assistance at the Reference Desk

Course subject abbreviations: 

     AJ  use for Administration of Justice       HIST use for History      WATR use for Water Technology
     ADS use for Alcohol and Drug Studies      HS use for Health Science  
     ANAT use for Anatomy       LEG use for Legal Assistant  
     ANTH use for Anthropology      MATH use for Math  
     ART use for Art      MGT use for Management  
     ASTR use for Astronomy      MUS use for Music  
     BADM use for Business Administration      NURS use for Nursing  
     BIOL use for Biology      NUTR use for Nutrition  
     CDE use for Child Development      PE use for Physical Education  
     CHEM use for Chemistry      PHOT use for Photography  
     CSIS use for Computer Information Systems      PHIL use for Philosophy  
     DAN use for Dance      PHY use for Physics  
     ECON use for Economics      PS use for Political Science  
     ENGL use for English      PSYC use for Psychology  
     FIRE use for Fire      RE use for Real Estate  
     FREN use for French      SOCI use for Sociology  
    GEOG use for Geography      SPAN use for Spanish  
    GEOL use for Geology      TA use for Teaching Assistant  
    GUID use for Guidance      THA use for Theater Arts   
    HEP use for Honors      VEW use for Viticulture  

Where are the textbook reserves located?

In the Menifee library, most textbooks are located in the open textbook shelves near the reference desk in the library (location in the catalog: Menifee Campus Library Textbook Stacks). These books are available on a first come, first served basis. 
A smaller collection of material is held behind the circulation desk. These materials typically consist of lab manuals, workbooks, DVDs, videos, and articles placed on reserve by instructors. You can identify these items in the catalog by the location MVC Circulation Desk.


In the San Jacinto library, the textbooks are located in the first row of the book stacks (location in the catalog:San Jacinto Campus Library Textbook Stacks). These books are on open shelves and are available on a first come, first served basis. Instructor-assigned articles, a few books, CDs, DVDs and maps are reserved behind the circulation desk. These items can be identified in the catalog by the location: SJC Reserve Desk.

Can I check a reserve textbook out of the library?

No. Reserve textbooks are designated for in-library use only. You can read them in the library, make copies of pages at the copy machine (.10 a page), or scan pages to your USB drive using the library's document scanner (SJC Library).     

How long can I use the textbook?

There is a 2-hour time limit.