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Service Update for Fall 2021

At present we are pursuing a digital-first policy. If we cannot fill a request digitally we will place a physical item on reserve at the Circulation desk.

Requests should still be submitted through our Course Reserves system.

Updated: July 28, 2021


Required course-related materials can be put on reserve for you by the Libraries staff.

Materials You Can Place on Reserve

  • Links to the Libraries’ e-journals, ebooks, and databases
  • Scans of physical items when available

Make a Course Reserves Request

Instructor Requests

Read our Instructors Guide to Course Reserves (Google Doc) for full details on the process and how to use the Course Reserve system.

Instructor Course Reserves Request Form

Instructor Submission Deadlines

In order to guarantee that your items will be available for the start of classes, please observe the following submission deadlines:

Academic Term Submission Deadline
Fall semester August 1st
Winter semester December 1st
Spring semester December 15th
Summer semester May 15th

Student Requests (Beta)

What does Beta mean? NYU Libraries is trialing this service in the hopes it can streamline how we support students accessing materials. Because the service is in beta it may not be at full capacity.

Student can request an assigned reading be added to Course Reserves so it’s available for everyone in the class.

Student Course Reserves Request Form (Beta)

Turnaround Time

Processing of items owned by the Libraries will generally be completed within 2 business days. Turnaround time is longer for items that the library must purchase.

You can check the status of your request in real time via the course reserves system.

Service Details

  • Materials are kept on Course Reserves for one semester.

  • If the item is unavailable, personal copies may be placed on reserve either for the semester or until the ordered item becomes available.