What are reserve readings?
Reserve readings are materials (books, articles, videos, etc.) that faculty members place at the library. They may be owned by the library or by the professor who placed them on reserve. Generally, they are high-use items with shorter loan periods to accommodate demand.
Where are reserve readings located and how do I find them?
Most reserve materials are held at the Course Reserves Desk, on Lower Level 2 of Bobst Library. The other location is the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media on the second floor.
To find a list of materials on reserve for your course, perform a reserves search in Bobcat. You may search by author, title, instructor, course name, number or department.
If you do not find an item in BobCat that you expect to be on reserve, ask for assistance at the Reserve Desk. Additions to the reserve lists are processed throughout the semester. Perhaps the information about your item has not been entered in the reserve system.
Note: Social Work reserve materials must be searched by Author or Title.
How long can I use reserve items?
Most items have a time limit of two hours, although some faculty members allow materials to circulate for four hours or three days, depending on demand. Items may be borrowed overnight beginning 2 hours before the Reserves desk closes. Items borrowed overnight are due the following morning, 30 minutes after Course Reserves opens.
How do I checkout a reserve item?
- You must have a valid NYU or Consortium (New School, Mannes, Parsons, Cooper Union, NYSID) ID Card. If you have never used your card, please go to the Circulation Desk on the first floor to register before coming to Course Reserves.
- Search Bobcat for your reserve reading by author, title, course or instructor. Copy the item's complete call number legibly in the space provided on the Reserve Request Card or print out the call number. Complete the rest of the card. (Reserve Request Cards are available at the Course Reserves Desk on Lower Level 2). Please request no more than twelve (12) items at a time.
- Present your request card(s) to the staff person at the Course Reserves desk along with your ID card.
Where do I return reserve items?
All reserve items must be returned to the desk from where they were borrowed.
An overdue fine of $2.50 per hour (or any part of an hour!) will be charged for late returns, with a maximum charge of $50.00. Fines are computed at the time the item is checked in. Unpaid overdue fines may result in the loss of borrowing privileges. Serious delinquencies may be reported to the faculty member who placed the materials on reserve and may result in withholding of grades and NYU degree.
Course Reserves Desk Hours
The Course Reserves desk closes at the end of service hours.
Contact the Reserves department during our scheduled hours at 212-998-2475, or email us at email@example.com .