Barnard Course Reserves

Circulation/Reserves Desk, LeFrak Center, Barnard Hall

Reserve Information for Students

  • Reserve materials are held at the Circulation/Reserves Desk in the library on the first floor of the LeFrak Center.
  • Reserve books can be checked out for up to two hours at a time.
  • Fines for reserve materials are $1.00 per hour, to a maximum of $50.00 for each item.

Reserve Information for Faculty

General guidelines for submitting a course reserve list

  • Reserve materials for all Barnard courses are processed at the Barnard Library.
  • Course reserve 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 reserve list

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

How to submit a reserve 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 reserve list

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

Barnard course reserve 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 Reserve requests must comply with United Sates Copyright law.
  • Please contact the Reserves Department ( with any questions or concerns.