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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, depending on material type).

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


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

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

  • All Course Reserve items must be returned to and checked in at the service counter of the location from which they were borrowed. 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 Library items, which must 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 reserved.


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.