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Course Textbooks & Reserves

Find out what textbooks the Library has on reserves for your class. Need to check out a brain, leg, calculator, headphones...? Stop by the Service Desk to check out these items and more!

Reserves FAQs: Students

Course Reserves are materials that have been selected by your professors and made available to you through the Library. Items acquired for courses are referred to as "Course Reserves" and can be checked out from the Service Desk. 


Materials on reserve may include:
  • One copy of most required textbooks
  • Supplemental readings (articles, book chapters, etc.)
  • Anatomy models
  • Films
    Style Manuals
Items NOT on reserve: 
  • Recommend textbooks (unless requested by the instructor)

  • Lab manuals or workbooks. 

Checkout length:
  • 2 hours for most materials; if the length is different, the library staff will let you know.
  • Overnight checkouts are not allowed.

*Please return items on time to avoid overdue fines--the late fee is 50¢ per hour. 


How can I tell if something is on reserve for my class?

Use the Course Reserves search option in the Library catalog or on the library homepage under the Library Collections heading.  At the search screen, you can either search by course name or instructor name.

Where can I return a reserve item?

To the staff at the Service Desk. Please do not leave items at the Service Desk after the desk is closed. Items left at the Service Desk are the patron's responsibility until checked in by library staff.

Is there a limit on how many reserve items I can borrow?

No, with the exception of anatomy models. You may only check out 1 body part at a time. 

Can I put a hold on a reserve item?

No. Reserves are checked out and renewed on a first come, first served basis.

Can I renew a reserve item?

Yes, Reserve items can be renewed in person at the Service Desk. Renewals are only allowed if there are no others waiting to use the item.