Library staff member pulling reserve book off shelf

Course Reserves (for faculty)

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 to faculty and students as they ensure that students will have access to assigned readings and course materials throughout the semester.

General Information

Please follow these guidelines when requesting reserves:

  • Use the online reserve request form.  Please submit one form per course.
  • Get requests in early!  Once the semester begins, reserve requests may take up to one week to process.
  • You may request items owned by the Library, or supply your own copies.  A signed copyright release form [PDF] (16KB) must accompany articles.  Please note that the Library does not assume responsibility for lost or damaged personal items. 
  • Personal items can be dropped off at the Service Desk or sent to the Library via intercampus mail.  Please include all relevant reserve information with mailed items-your name, and the course name and number.
  • If the Library doesn't already have the materials you need for your course, you can also suggest a title for purchase.  Suggested titles will be assessed in light of our collection goals.
  • The normal checkout period for reserves is 3 hours, in-library use only.  
  • Please limit your list to no more than 30 items per class. 

You will be notified once your reserve lists are processed.  They can be viewed on the Library's Online Catalog in the Course Reserves tab. Use the drop-down menus to select your class.

Reserve materials from the previous semester are automatically removed. Please remember to pick up your personal copies after the semester ends.  All unclaimed personal items will be sent back to faculty offices via intercampus 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
132 Riverway, Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Earl Center for Learning and Innovation
180 Riverway, Boston, Massachusetts 02215