Placing Items on Reserve at Barnard

Contact information for faculty who wish to place materials (electronic or physical) on reserve

  • Email:
  • Phone: 212-851-9648
  • Location: Circulation/Reserves Desk, 2nd floor of the Milstein Center

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)

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 States 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 the Course Reserves page.

Last updated September 14, 2018