Course Reserves

What are Course Reserves?

The Barnard and Columbia Libraries provide Course Reserves in order to support instructional requirements for specific courses. Items placed on Course Reserves can be in many formats, including books, journal articles, videorecordings, CDs, and DVDs.

Course Reserves can also be in electronic formats, as well, called e-reserves. Reserves are kept on a short loan period as they're very high in demand, and often all students from a course will need to read a portion of the same book for a class.


How do I look up Course Reserves items?

  1. From the Basic Search screen in CLIO, click on the Course Reserves tab. You'll be prompted to log on with your UNI. 
    Dropdown in CLIO to access Course Reserves link
  2. Once you have logged into Course Reserves you will be presented with a list of your courses.  If there is a Reserves list, click on the link to view it.
    Course Reserves page
  3. To find Reserves lists for courses you are not taking, use the Browse all reserves lists feature.  Search by Instructor or Department/Course.
  4. Course Reserves can also be accessed from CourseWorks. 
  • Click "Library Reserves" from your course's CourseWorks menu.
  • A Course Reserves list will display items by author, title and link/call number.  The default arrangement will be by author’s last name.   All fields can be sorted by clicking on the column name, i.e. author, title or link/call number.
  • Click a Reserves item to see if it is available or checked out.

Folders and e-reserves links will only show in Course Reserves.  You cannot search for a folder or e-reserves item in CLIO. Access to e-reserves is limited to students registered for a particular course.


Where can I check out Reserves items?

Each library has its own Reserves collection, so be sure to check in CLIO for the library location before heading off to get your reserve item. Barnard Library's Reserves can be found at the Circulation desk on the 2nd floor of the Milstein Center- bring the call number in the CLIO record to the person at the desk and they'll get you the reserve item. Butler Library's Course Reserves are located in 208 Butler Library.


For how long can I check out Reserves items? Can I bring them back to any library?

Each Reserves location has its own policies, so check the list at this link. Barnard Library's Course Reserves circulate for 2 hours at a time, with overdue fines of $1/hour, up to a maximum of $50. Patrons can check out one item from Barnard's reserves at a time. 

Reserves can be checked out overnight, dependent on the library's schedule:

  • Monday through Thursday, reserve materials can be checked out overnight, beginning at 4pm. They are due back by 9am the next morning.  
  • Starting Friday at 12 noon, reserves can be checked out for the weekend and are due back Monday morning at 10am.
  • If there are multiple copies, the last copy of a reserve item can be checked out overnight on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday after 10pm, and it is due back by 9am the next day.  
  • Friday through Sunday, a last copy can be checked out overnight after 4pm, and is due back by 10am the next day.

Reserves items cannot be renewed online, and they must be returned to the library from which they were checked out.


Why is there no Reserves list for my course?

The Reserves list for your course may still be in process, or your professor may have opted not to use reserves services.  Ask your professor or check back later. You can also check CLIO to see if your item is on reserve in another library.


Can I photocopy or print in the Barnard Library?

There are two printers for use by the Barnard/Columbia community next to the circulation desk. Document scanners (but not photocopiers) are also available in the library at no cost.

  • Printing is available in the library through the Columbia networked printing system, Pawprint.
  • Barnard faculty and students are allotted 100 sheets per week. As you print, pages will be deducted automatically from your weekly quota; additional pages may be purchased for 10 cents per sheet. 
  • The library's printer is set to duplex (print on both sides). 
  • To learn more about your print quota or to check your balance, go to the Print Quota page. 


My e-reserve isn't working - what do I do?

If you are having trouble accessing e-reserves, ask for help at any circulation desk or report the problem electronically via the Libraries E-Resource Problem Report Form. Please remember to include your name, UNI, instructor, course number and title of the reading in your report.


How do I watch a DVD/VHS that's on Reserves?

The Barnard Library has four media viewing stations on the south side of the Milstein Center second floor (see floorplan) - these are both able to play VHS and DVD.


I'm a faculty member; how do I submit Reserves requests?

Faculty members who wish to place items on reserve at the Barnard Library can find instructions on this page.


Last updated January 20, 2017