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Course Reserve materials are items that instructors have requested the library to place on reserve for their students. In order to facilitate sharing of high-use materials, loan periods are generally shorter (2 hours to 3 days).

Course Reserves materials include print items (available at Bobst, Dibner, Courant, and Brause), as well as audio and video items, and music books and scores (available at the Avery Fisher Center (AFC)).

Finding Materials on Reserve

1. Select the Course Reserves tab in BobCat and search for your item by Course Name or Number, Instructor, or Material (i.e., author, title).

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2. Click on the item listed for your course to view details, including call numbers. Note down the item call number.

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3. To note down the location, click More Info to open the GetIt! record. The item on reserve will list the location as either BRES Reserve Collection (Bobst), NYU Bern Dibner Library Course Reserve or NYU Bobst Avery Fisher Center Reserve.


4. To borrow Course Reserves materials:

  • For print items in Bobst, give the call number to a staff member at Circulation & Reserves (Bobst Library, Floor 1).

  • For audio, video, and music items, give the call number to a staff member at AFC (Bobst Library, Floor 2).

  • For print items in Dibner, give the author’s name to a staff member at the Service Desk (Dibner Library, Floor 3).


  • Bobst and Dibner reserve items may be taken out of their respective libraries.

  • AFC reserve items are for library use only and may not leave the building.

  • When the service point is open, please return materials to the specific desk. When the service point is closed, return materials to book drop boxes (except Dibner items, which need to be returned during open hours).

  • As with all library materials, Course Reserve items cannot be damaged or defaced. Please do not use Post-its, dog-ear pages, highlight text, or write on or tear out pages.

  • Renewals are generally not permitted on Course Reserve materials.

  • Course Reserve materials are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be held for a patron in advance.


Late returns will result in a fine of $2.50 per hour. See more information regarding late fees on our fines page.

Place Required Course Materials on Reserve

The Libraries staff will place required course materials on reserve upon request.