Books on physical reserve at the Library

Requesting eBooks and Streaming Films for Fall 2020:

Due to the majority of courses being delivered online in Fall 2020, the Library encourages all faculty to use digital course materials— such as ebooks, streaming films, or open educational resources— in lieu of placing items on traditional physical course reserves.

Please send requests for digital materials to your subject liaison librarian, following the ebooks/streaming film requests directions outlined in our news story.

The deadline for placing ebook/streaming film requests for Fall 2020 courses is July 24, 2020.


Physical Reserves Policies (not applicable for Fall 2020): 

All physical library Course Reserves requests must be submitted by the instructor of record or their delegate (e.g. a learning assistant, administrative assistant, etc). Library staff cannot enter requests on behalf of instructors.

These forms should be used both for items that are already in the Library’s collection and for materials that the Library needs to purchase to fulfill your reserve request.  Prior to placing your reserve request, please check the Library Discovery Search and limit your results to Books/Media @ Purchase to see if we have an item in our collections.

To request that the Library buy an item to add to the collection (i.e. you do NOT want to place this item on reserve at this time), please do not use one of the course reserve request forms. Please contact your subject liaison or use the Library’s Make a Recommendation Form.

If you need assistance locating materials (texts, media, or other original materials), please contact your subject liaison.

Processing Times

  • Requests for items in the Library’s collection can take up to two (2) weeks to process.
  • Requests for items that are not part of the Library’s collection can take up to eight (8) weeks to process. Depending on how difficult the item is to obtain, processing time may exceed eight (8) weeks. 

Loan and Reserve Periods

  • All books on reserve are held at the Circulation Desk. Books are on reserve for the entire semester. Some items are on reserve for the full academic year, based on usage and/or cost.
  • Videos on reserve are held in the Academic Film collection. Videos are on reserve for the full academic year. Films are included in the Academic Film collection for a variety of reasons such as cost, rarity, and to ensure access to students as part of course reserves.
  • The loan period is for 3-hours for books and 4-hours for film. Please see Borrowing & Renewing for complete loan period and fines information.
  • Items on reserve do not leave the Library. Exceptions can be made for faculty who wish to have an in-class screening of a reserved film. Faculty, if you send a student to the Library to check out a reserved film for an in-class screening, please notify the Library at To screen a film that is not on reserve, simply check out the film as you would any other item in our collection.

If you have any questions about these policies, please contact your subject liaison for help.

Search for Items on Physical Course Reserve

  1. To find out which items are on Reserve at the Library, use the new Library Discovery Search box.
  2. Start typing your search terms, then select “Course Reserves” as the scope from the drop-down menu that appears.
  3.  Click on “anywhere in record” below the search box to narrow your search by instructor, title, course name, etc. 
  4. You can also use the facets in the left-hand column to sort your results by course instructor or course name.  
  5. To check out a book on reserve, write down the entire call number, then go to the Circulation Desk to retrieve the item.
  6. For DVDs, write down the call number, retrieve the case from the Academic Film Collection, then bring it to the Circulation Desk to check out the disc.
For additional tips on how to look up Course Reserve items in the Discovery Search, see our FAQ on finding reserves  at the Library.