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The Libraries provide course reserves materials electronically so that all students, on and off campus, can easily access materials. When an e-book version is not available, we will provide access to physical course reserves.
If faculty requests a course reserve item not currently in our collection, the Libraries will purchase the e-book version if available and compatible with our platform. This allows more students to use course reserve materials at the same time and provides easier access. If faculty would like a print copy on reserve in addition to the e-book, please indicate that in the notes section on the Reserve Item form.
Please submit requests several weeks prior to the start of the semester. Requests are generally processed in the order received and are typically completed within 1-2 days, unless the item needs to be recalled or purchased.
- Log on to the Reserves system using your SU NetID and password
- Click on Create a New Course under “Instructor Tools” on the left side menu.
- Fill out the information for the course and click on Create Course.
- Select the course created under Current Courses.
- The course page will open and you can begin adding items by clicking Add Reserve Items under “Instructor Course Tools” on the left side menu.
- Click on the “Book and other Items” icon.
- Fill out the information about the item.
- Click Submit Item.
Content in library databases often shift or change, so when providing article links, it is important to find and use permanent URLs or permalinks.
Databases vary in how they present permalinks, but a permalink can usually be found in the abstract or full display of the article (e.g. Document URL).
Users must authenticate to access restricted resources, so when providing a permalink, you must preface it with Syracuse University's EZ Proxy URL: https://libezproxy.syr.edu/login?url= followed by the permalink.
For information regarding classroom use of copyrighted and licensed resources, see Copyright Research Guide.
You can search for course reserves by instructor, department or course.
Loan periods are determined by the faculty member placing the items on reserve. Because there is heavy demand for reserve materials, overdue fines and fees differ from those of other library materials.
- 2 hour or 3 hour reserve - Materials may be taken out of a library
- 24 hour reserve - Materials may be taken out of a library but are due back before closing of the following day, regardless of what time they were checked out.
- 3 day or 7 day reserve - Materials may be taken out of a library but are due back by closing time on the date due.
Fees are assessed for items that are not returned or are returned late. These fines may be paid by credit card online or at the Check Out desk in Bird Library and the circulation desk in Carnegie Library (Visa and MasterCard only).
- 2-hour, 3-hour and 24-hour course reserve items - Fines are $2.00 per hour with a maximum fine of $30 per item
- Three-day and seven-day course reserve - Fines are $5.00 per day with a maximum of $30.00 per item
Renewals of Course Reserve items will be approved at the discretion of the Circulation staff. Items must be brought in-person to the Check Out Desk in Bird Library at or before their indicated due date and time. Renewal requests will not be processed over the phone or via email.