Placing Items on Reserve at Barnard

Reserves Information for Faculty

Contact Information:
Circulation/Reserves Desk, LeFrak Center, Barnard Hall

General guidelines for submitting a course reserves list

  • Reserves materials for all Barnard courses are processed at the Barnard Library.
  • Course reserves lists may not be duplicated at multiple libraries.
  • Only one copy of a literary work (a novel, short story collection, play, or poetry) is placed on reserve; second or multiple copies remain in the stacks and circulate for the semester.

When to submit a reserves list

  • Submitting a reserves list for an upcoming semester before the end of the current semester is recommended.
  • Reserves lists are processed in the order that they are received.

How to submit a reserves list (choose any of these options)

  • By email at
  • In person at the Circulation/Reserves Desk on the first floor of the Library.
  • Using the Columbia Unviersity Libraries Course Reserves Page (can be used for any course, not just Barnard courses).
  • Note: To place a personal copy on reserve, send an email to or bring the item to the Circulation/Reserves desk. 

Checking on the status of a reserves list

  • The status of a reserves list can be tracked in CLIO using the Course Reserves Search. 
  • Reserves lists for media materials are not searchable via CLIO.

Barnard course reserves policies

  • If Barnard owns a book that is requested, the library's copy will be placed on reserve.
  • If Barnard does not own a copy, it will purchase a copy for the reserves collection.
  • Our rule of thumb for books is one copy for every 35 students in a class.
  • Only copies of required readings are put on reserve. Supplementary readings are not placed on reserve.
  • Information on requesting streaming media for course reserves can be found through this link.
  • All Course Reserves requests must comply with United Sates Copyright law.
  • Please contact the Reserves Department ( with any questions or concerns.

For information on how to check out reserves, lending periods, fines, and more, check out our "how to use course reserves" page.

Last updated 10/04/2016