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Course Reserves

Course Reserves are materials that the library temporarily sets aside for class reading and viewing at a faculty member's request. These materials have shortened loan periods and are often restricted to in-library use.

Search the catalog for items on reserve:

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How do I check out reserve items?

  • To borrow materials from the reserve collection, visit the Help & Information desk on the first floor of Snell Library during regular service hours. You must provide a current NU Husky ID to borrow course reserve materials.
  • 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. 

For more information, see our borrow and renew pages.


for Faculty

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  • Gain insight: use analytics to see how students are engaging with course readings

Watch a quick overview of Leganto here and get started right away with our Leganto Quick-Start Guide.

Looking for more in-depth instructions? Visit our step-by-step user guide for creating and submitting course lists.

For more information, email libraryreserves [at]

What types of items can I put on reserve? 

Instructors may put books (see: textbook information), media such as videos and CDs, and personal copies on reserve.

(Note: If you would like to reserve a film for a one-time screening, consider submitting a media booking request instead.)
How do I submit a reserve request?
Tired of submitting a new form every semester? Start a Leganto reading list now.

For the standard form, Click Here

To ensure that materials for your course will be available to students during the first week of classes, we recommend submitting a reserve request no later than two weeks prior to the first day of classes.  

Our suggested request deadline for Summer 2 is Friday, June 21.  After this date, we will continue to process reserve requests in the order in which they are received.

What happens to reserve items when the semester is over?

Snell Library maintains its course reserve system on a semester-to-semester basis. Courses and reading lists are not renewed automatically, and it is the responsibility of the instructor to provide the library with up-to-date course information.

  • To re-create a reading list that you have used for reserve in past semesters, you must submit a new request.
  • To extend an active reading list into the next semester, please contact us before the current semester’s last day of final exams* to request an extension. During intersession, all library-owned reserve items that have not been requested for extension will be taken off reserve and restored to general circulation. For information on personal copies, see here.

*Last day of final exams for Summer 2019 courses:

August 20, 2019



Library staff accept print course reserve materials in compliance with U.S. Copyright Law and the provisions of fair use.

Our course reserve service supports the teaching activities of Northeastern University. The NU Libraries exercise the right to determine conditions of use and to refuse materials for reserve for legal or other reasons.


Erin Beach

(617) 373-3397

LibraryReserves [at]