Course Reserves for Students

Course Reserves provides access to materials professors identify as important . Physical items on reserve have a shortened loan time of two, four, or 24-hours.

Reserve Policies

Find & Access Reserves

Access the library course page through your Canvas course site: Library Reserves/Guides.
Direct link.

Books, physical and electronic, are also organized by course in the library catalog.

  • Use the Course Reserve dropdown in the Library Search.
  • Search by course number, i.e. ANTH.003.
  • Electronic book access varies by provider.

Checking Out Materials

  • Three items maximum may be borrowed at once.
  • Items with a two- or four-hour loan time that are checked out within two or four hours of the library’s closing are due a half-hour after the opening of the library the following morning.
  • Reserve items must be returned directly back to where they were checked out.

Overdue Fines

  • $1.00 per hour, per item.
  • Items due prior to the library’s closing and not returned on time are charged overdue fines for the overnight hours.


If the item is checked out, your name may be added to a waitlist. Please pick up within 30 minutes after receiving the email pick-up notification.


Renewals are in-person only, with the reserve material in hand. If an item is waitlisted, it cannot be renewed.


Items must be returned directly to the library desk where they were checked out. For Baker-Berry reserve items, please return items to the Baker Circulation desk. When Baker-Berry library is closed, an after-hours return box is at the bottom of the stairs near the Novack Cafe.

Lost or Missing Materials

Any items lost or stolen must be replaced. Please notify staff as soon as possible to stop fine accrual and to start the replacement procedure. Replacement fees are the cost of the item. If the material is found and returned, the replacement fees are refunded.


All are expected to respect the rights of everyone to access to course reserve items. Professors and Deans may be contacted regarding non-timely returns of reserve materials. Abuse of library privileges is a breach of the College code of conduct (Standard VIII) and may result in disciplinary action as determined by the Deans.

What I need is not on reserve, now what?

Look up the title of the item in the library catalog and follow the borrowing instructions or suggest to your professor that they place course materials on reserve.

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