Close-up of a course reserve book being handed to a patron.

Course Reserves

Every semester, the Library offers a collection of reserve materials used in classroom instruction.  Course Reserves are a vital part of the library's services, as they ensure that students will have access to assigned readings and course materials throughout the semester.

Making a reserve request

  • Use the online reserve request form.  Please submit one form per course, and limit your list to no more than 30 items per course.
  • Get requests in early!  Once the semester begins, reserve requests will take additional time to process.

About the course reserves process

  • Once we receive your request, we will first determine whether the library currently owns the item(s).
    • Items currently owned by the library will be placed on reserve.
    • Items not currently owned by the library will be assessed for purchase using our collection development policies.
  • You will be notified once your reserve requests are processed.  The current reserves list for your course can be viewed using our course reserves search.  You can also access the link from the search box on the Library homepage under the tab, Books & More.
  • The normal checkout period for reserves is 3 hours, in-library use only. 

Putting personal items on reserve at the library

  • In some cases, you may choose to place personal items (books, DVDs, journal articles, etc.) on reserve at the library.
    • These items will also be checked out to students for in-library use for 3 hours at a time.
    • Please note that the Library does not assume responsibility for lost or damaged personal items. 
  • Personal items may be dropped off at the Service Desk or sent to the Library via campus mail.  Please include the following information with mailed items:  your name, the course name and number, and the semester when the course is running.
    • If you would like to put printed copies of journal articles on reserve at the library desk, a signed copyright release form [PDF] (16KB) must accompany them. 
  • Items are typically removed from reserve after final exams are finished.  If you wish to take a personal item off reserve early, please contact at least one day in advance, so we can process your request.
  • At the end of the semester, you may pick up your personal copies at the library desk or ask us to send them to your office via campus mail.  
  • If you continually use certain personal items in regularly taught courses, they may be placed on long-term reserve.  These items stay on reserve for an entire academic year.  Please contact for more information.

Wheelock College Library
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Earl Center for Learning and Innovation
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