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Introduction

How e-reserve responds to a changing user culture and copes with issues and challenges

E-reserve service in libraries has been in existence since the 1990s. It was started as an electronic counterpart of print reserve (or paper reserve), which has a much longer history, dating back to the nineteenth century. Both reserve services have the same objective: facilitating students’ access to course-related materials assigned by faculty. Reserve materials include copies of journal articles, chapters from books or entire books, exams, tests, videos, CDs and lecture notes. In the case of print reserve, students visit the library and check out the physical materials for several hours or days. E-reserve, on the other hand, provides 24/7 ...

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