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Instructors—add “course reserves” as a tool in NYU Classes to request reserve services or use forms on this webpage.

Required course-related materials can be placed on reserve by the Libraries staff. 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).

Materials You Can Place on Reserve

  • Books from the Libraries’ collections.

  • Books not yet in the Libraries’ collection. Reserves staff will order one or more copies to accommodate your students’ needs.

  • Personal copies of any media (books, photocopies, etc.). Personal copies can be picked up at the end of the semester, or mailed to you.

  • Links to the Libraries’ ejournals, ebooks, and databases.

  • Videos, DVDs, and music from the AFC.

Submit a Course Reserves Request (NEW SYSTEM)

To submit requests via the older system use the links below:

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 1st

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’ll receive an email when your list is ready.


  • Print reserves (books and photocopies) are limited to 60 titles per course.

  • AFC reserves are limited to 120 items per course; no more than 30 of these can be videotapes.

  • Materials are kept on Course Reserves for 1 semester.

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