Faculty see Instructors' Reserves under Faculty and Staff Resources for guidelines for placing materials on reserve.

What Are Course Reserves?

An instructor may place the course textbook, practice test, skull (for anatomy courses!), or article at the circulation desk to make them available to all students.  Items placed "on reserve" are behind the circulation desk and are given shorter check-out periods and generally are restricted to Library Use Only.

Items placed on reserve can include books, study guides, answer keys, magazine and newspaper articles, copies of past exams, or just about anything else your instructor wants everyone to read or use. Students will need a library card to view a course reserve.

Is My Textbook on Reserve?

The Library does not generally buy textbooks, but in many cases, instructors have lent us their own extra copies. To find out if the textbook for your class is on reserve check at the Library's circulation desk.

How Long Can Reserve Items Be Checked Out?

Most reserve materials are designated two-hour "library use only," which means that they can be used inside the library.  Others may be available for 1 day (up to 24 hours) checkout.  Your instructor decides how long the materials can be used and whether they must be used inside the library.  Reserve items sometimes may be checked out up to three times in a row if no one else is waiting for them.  After that, you may not check them out again for 1-2 days in order to give others a chance to use them.

Reserve materials are typically in high demand and may not be held or reserved for an individual student. If an item is checked out to another student at the time you request it and you want to be the next student allowed to use it, you'll need to check back at the desk at frequent intervals in case the item you need is returned early.

Fines for Overdue Reserve Materials

Reserve materials must be returned to the circulation desk. Because these materials are typically in high demand, materials which are not returned on time will accrue overdue fines which are higher than those for other library books:

2-hour and 4-hour items: $1 per hour per item, up to $5 per day per item.
1-day and 3-day items: $2.50 per day per item. Fines accumulate daily up to replacement cost of items.