Find textbooks & course reserves

Course reserves are common resources identified by instructors 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, faculty can request that the library put them aside behind the main desk, where students can check them out to use for short 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. 

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 the location and availability for materials held in the library, and direct links to e-books and articles.

Reserve information is also available in JumboSearch. You can search by course name, course number, or instructor name. For best results, we recommend searching by your instructor's last name.

Checking out reserves

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

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

You can also watch our helpful video on Course Reserves for Students on our Instagram Account IGTV.

Length of time available

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.

Putting items on reserve for a class

Find out more information about putting items on reserve.