Course Reserves

What are reserves?

Your instructors may have identified common resources that everyone in their classes needs to use. If the sources are digital and placed online, they are on Canvas. But if it’s a book or other physical item, they can ask a library to put them aside (behind the circulation desk), where students can check them out to use for shorter periods of time, typically for a few hours.

Course reserves are available at the Tisch and Lilly Music libraries for courses taught on the Medford campus, and at the SMFA Library for courses taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.  

Where can I find out what's on reserve?

You can view reserve lists in Canvas. Log in and open the course, then click Reading Lists in the menu on the left. You’ll see location and availability for materials held in the library, and links to e-books and articles.

Reserve information is also located in our catalog. You can search by course name, course number, or instructor name. For best results, we recommend searching by instructor name.

How do I check out reserves?

Students can only check out one reserve item at a time.

  • At the Tisch Library: Books and other printed materials as well as DVDS can be checked out from the circulation desk on the second floor near the main entrance.
  • At the Lilly Music Library, located in Granoff: CDs, books, scores and other reserve items can be checked out at the main service desk.
  • At the SMFA Library: Books, DVDs, and other items can be checked out at the circulation desk.

How long can I keep reserve items?

It depends on the item. The label on the spine will indicate whether the item can be borrowed for 4 hours, 8 hours (or overnight) or for 3 days.

Fines are $1/hour for 4-hour and 8-hour reserves and $1/day for 3-day reserves.

I'm teaching a class. How do I put items on reserve?

Find out more information about putting items on reserve.

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