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Course Reserves

Materials placed by instructors at the library for the use of their students.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have copies of some textbooks, homework/solutions, book chapters/journal articles, and videos.

  • How do I know if an item is on reserve for my class?

You can check to see if your instructor has placed any materials on reserve by using the Search for Reserves box in the top left column of this page.

  • How do I check out reserves?

You will need to have your professor's last name and the title of the item you want and come to the Main Circulation Desk. The desk staff will retrieve the item for you. You will need your WolfCard to check out the item.

  • How long can I keep a reserve item?​

Loan periods are determined by the instructor of the course and range from 2 hours to 3 days to a full semester.

  • Can I take reserve items out of the library?

With a few exceptions, yes, you can take reserve materials out of the library. You must return them before the loan period has expired.

  • Can I renew reserve items? How?

    Reserve material can only be renewed in person at the library. Items will be renewed as long as no other patron is waiting for the item. Items can NOT be renewed online or by phone.

  • Are there overdue fees for reserves?

Yes, reserve items accrue overdue fees on an hourly basis. For more information, visit Overdues and Fines.

  • Besides using reserves, how else can I reduce my textbook costs?

We know that textbooks can be expensive. If your textbook is not on reserve at the library, visit the library's Textbooks page for more suggestions on how to lower your textbook costs.

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This guide is based on a Course Reserves guide created by Gillian Keleher of University of California Santa Cruz (CC BY US 3.0 license).