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Course Reserves

This guide outlines Course Reserves services for faculty as well as student access to materials placed on Reserve.

Putting items on reserve

Faculty members can place both electronic and physical items (books, DVDs, etc.) on reserve for their classes. There are a number of ways to go about this.

For Olin Library:

  1. Submit through Ares, our eReserves system. (Learn more.)
  2. Copy a list of readings from your syllabus into our online form.
  3. Drop off a completed submission form.
  4. Email detailed infromation about the materials to

Departmental libraries also provide course reserve services. Contact your departmental library for more details.

Reserve materials are kept behind the checkout desk in Olin Library. When you submit your reserves request, you can designate a period of use ranging from 2 hours to 3 days.

We can also put your own materials on reserve for the duration of a course and return the items to you after the completion of the semester.

Olin Library Reserves staff can pull materials from the library shelves as well as scan book chapters and journal articles if PDFs are needed.

We cannot place materials borrowed from another library on reserve. You can request that the library purchase the item though.

Instructors have the option to make a TA a full proxy user, which would give him or her permission to manipulate your classes in Ares and/or check-out books from the Libraries on your behalf (Proxy borrowing)