Course Reserves: Information for Students

Course Reserves are library materials that faculty put aside for course use for a term. Course Reserves might consist of electronic materials, physical materials, or a combination.

Print Reserves

Print reserves are physical materials for class reading or viewing. Your professor has requested that these materials be set aside by the library. Print reserves are for specific terms. These materials can be borrowed for up to three hours at a time (unless otherwise noted) and are often restricted to in-library use.

How Do I Use Print Reserves?

Visit the Help & Information Desk during library service hours to borrow print reserves. The Help & Information Desk is on the first floor of Snell Library.

  • To borrow course reserve materials, you must be an active student, staff, or faculty member. A current Northeastern University Husky Card is required.
  • You may only borrow one reserve item at a time.
  • Most reserve items can be checked out for 3 hours and may not leave the library.
  • Fines are charged for overdue reserve items at the rate of $1 per hour.

Electronic Reserves

Electronic reserves, or E-Reserves, are materials that are available online. E-Reserves may contain e-books, articles, streaming media, databases, or document uploads. Your instructor may share them on  on Canvas from your instructor, or they may be in the library’s general online collection.

Are My Course Materials Available Electronically?

Here are two ways to check:

1. Scholar OneSearch

Scholar OneSearch is the library’s online catalog. Search in Scholar OneSearch to see if the library has your assigned article, e-book, or film. If it is available electronically, you will see a link to “View Online.” Log in with your MyNortheastern username and password for full access.

2. Canvas

If your instructor is using an online reserve list, it will appear when you are logged in to Canvas. Choose your course and check the course menu for a link called Leganto Course Materials.

If you aren’t able to locate your course materials through Northeastern University Library, check with your professor! They might not have put in a reserve request with us yet.