Guidelines for Putting Items on Reserve

Submitting Requests

  • Submit a request to put items on physical or online reserve. Your request will be sent to Reserve staff and you will receive an email containing the information you submitted. 
  • Requests submitted after the first day of classes can take between 72 hours and 2 weeks to make available to students, even for "rush" requests.
  • In the request form, indicate a realistic date the material will be assigned to the class. This helps us manage the heavy volume of requests early each semester. Dates will be used to prioritize the requests, otherwise requests are processed in the order received.
  • Please submit a separate request for each title.
  • For student run forums please include the sponsoring faculty member's name and email + the student organizer's name and email in the "Additional Instructions" field.

Viewing Your Reserves

To view the items currently on reserve for a course, search your course code in both:

Physical Reserve

  • Most materials can be made available on reserve at any library you choose (Music, Olin, or Science). Scores and audio materials can only be put on reserve in the Music Library. Certain art materials are limited to reserve in Special Collections & Archives for in-house use only.
  • Reserve items can be given a 2, 4, 24 hour or 7 day loan period. 
  • Copies of material you own may be placed on reserve at the your own risk. Books will have a barcode and date due slip attached directly to the item unless Reserve personnel are notified to use a mylar wrapper. Your materials will be returned to you at semester’s end. The Library does not assume responsibility for items damaged or lost.
  • Our standards for physical reserve items are:
    • Books and DVDS: one copy for every 15 students in the course
    • Journal articles: online reserve is preferred for journal articles

Online Reserve (Ereserve)

We provide online reserve for ebooks, scanned book content, journal articles, and streaming audio and video when the material is available in those formats.


Reserve material requires copyright clearance. The library will obtain the necessary copyright clearance for you.

Copyright guidelines will only permit us to make certain items available online and some publishers will not allow their publications to be accessed online.  If this is the case, you will be contacted as soon as we know. The reading will then be available in physical format at a reserve desk.

For copyright guidelines please access Wesleyan's Copyright and Intellectual Property guide.  


Contact our Reserve staff with any questions.