Reserves Services for Faculty

How to Place Course Material on Reserve

  • Books

    The library will place books from the circulating collection on reserve. Use the Course Reserve Request Form to submit your request. If we do not own the book or edition you need, we will purchase it. If the library cannot obtain a copy, then we can accept your personal copy, or a photocopy of small portions of the book.

    Reference books, hard-bound journals and books from other libraries will not be placed on reserve.

    We will place one copy for every 20 students on reserve, up to 5 copies per item. Textbooks are limited to one copy per course.

  • Media - Videos, Audio or Musical Scores

    Media items owned by the Avery Fisher Center may be placed on reserve for your students. Use the Course Reserve Request Form to submit your request.

    If we do not own the material we will purchase it, subject to review. You may want to consider submitting your personal copy for student use, until we receive a library copy.

    Avery Fisher reserve lists are limited to 30 videotapes per course.

  • Links to e-content

    The library linking service will place links to the Libraries' licensed e-journals, e-books, databases and freely available web sites on your reserve list. The links will appear on your reserve list, along with any print or media materials, under your name and course number in the Libraries' catalog, BobCat. Clicking on the link will give your students access to the full text. Use the Course Reserve Request Form to submit your request for the library linking service.

    To speed processing, please provide a complete citation.

  • Please note the following restriction for the use of Harvard Business Review:

  • Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business School Publishing content on EBSCOhost is licensed for the individual use of authorized EBSCOhost patrons at this institution and is not intended for use as assigned course material.  Therefore we cannot provide article level links to this material for your students.  
  • If you would like to use Harvard Business Review articles for your course, you may direct your students to BobCat, where they can access the material themselves. Otherwise, please request permission for course use from Harvard Business School Publishing at:


  • NYU Course Packs

    The library will accept one copy of your NYU bookstore prepared course pack for Reserve. We will not accept course packs prepared in other ways. Use the Course Reserve Request Form to submit your request and bring your course pack to the Circulation & Reserves Service Desk on the first floor of Bobst Library.

  • For more information about course packs contact the NYU Bookstore at 212.998.4671.

  • Personal Books

    If the library has to order a book, you can place your own book on reserve until we receive a copy. Use the Course Reserve Request Form to submit your request.

  • Personal Media - Videos, Audio or DVDs

    Only originals of commercially available videotapes will be accepted for reserves. Use the Course Reserve Request Form to submit your request. Please bring your personal media to the Avery Fisher Center.

    An exception to this rule is a program taped "off-air" (from TV) which will be kept on reserve for a limit of 40 days.

    Programs students are to watch must begin at the beginning of the videorecording. For help with audio and video streaming - contact  212.998.2581.

  • We will place photocopies of an article or book chapter on print reserve. Use the Course Reserve Request Form to submit your request. Faculty must provide clean, legible copies to the library in compliance with NYU policies and copyright guidelines. You may provide up to one copy for every 20 students, maximum of 5 copies per title. To avoid confusion, the title for each item listed on the form should be consistent with the way it appears on the students' syllabus or reading list.


Reserve Polices

  • Submission Deadlines

    Lists submitted by these deadlines will be processed for the start of classes:

    Fall Semester August 1st
    Winter Semester December 1st
    Spring Semester December 15th
    Summer Semester May 1st

  • Processing Time

    Normal processing requires two business days. Since many lists are received in the first weeks of a semester, please submit your request as early as possible to avoid delays.

    You will receive an email when your list is ready.

    For fastest processing, provide complete course information, citations, and call numbers if possible.

  • Limits

    Only required readings will be placed on reserve.

    Print reserve lists (books and photocopies) are limited to 60 titles per course.

    Avery Fisher Center reserve list is limited to 120 items per course. Only 30 may be videotapes.

    Materials are kept on Course Reserves for one semester and then will be removed from the Reserve system in BobCat.

    Loan Period

    You may request 2-hour, 4 hour

  •  or 3-day loan periods for library books.

    Audio and Video items have a loan period of 4-Hours. Scores have a loan period of 2-hours.

    Return of Personal Items

    Personal materials can be picked up at the end of the semester. Material not picked up the week after finals will be returned to instructors through interoffice mail.

    The library is unable to store personal materials.

Contact Reserves

Courses Reserves
For books, NYU course packs, photocopies, links to e-journals,e-books and data bases.
Location: Bobst Library, Circulation & Reserve Service desk on the first floor.
Phone: 212-998-2530
Email the Bobst Library Course Reserves Desk

Avery Fisher Center Reserves
For DVDs, video, audio, scores & streaming
Location: Bobst Library 2nd Floor
Contact AFC staff
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