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Course Reserves

Instructors place print materials or media "on reserve" at one of the libraries using the Reserve Request form. Reserve materials, including books, photocopies, and media, are stored at the Circulation Desk at the Main Library or the service desk at the Ballston Center Library Extension. Frequently-requested materials, such as style manuals and test preparation materials, are kept on permanent reserve. Loan periods for reserved materials are enforced so that more students can access these resources.

Typically, reserve items have a loan period of 2 hours. Your professor may choose to extend the time a student can check out reserve items. Fines for overdue reserve materials are $.60 per hour.

Reserve items are for the use of Marymount students, faculty, and staff only. A valid MU BlueCard is required to check these items out. Due to copyright laws, library staff cannot duplicate or provide photocopy assistance for reserve material. However, students may make a single copy for educational use.


Finding Course Reserves Held in the Library
  • Click “Course Reserves” to search what books or material are currently on reserve at one of the libraries.
  • Reserves may be searched by instructor, department, or course. Use the drop-down boxes to make a choice and click the Search button.
  • Each record contains the author name, title, location of reserve, call number, and status of the reserve item. Check the status to make sure the item is available. Items are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Print the record or write down the call number and primary material type, book format or media format, and take the information to the Circulation/Reserve desk.
  • Course reserves with a due date of less than one day may not be removed from the Library.
Finding Course Reserves in Electronic Format on Blackboard
  • Instructors may also put material in electronic format on the Blackboard site for the course. These may include links to full-text articles from one of our licensed databases.
  • Log into the online portal at my.marymount.edu and click on "Open My Blackboard."
  • If the item is in a licensed database you may need to login to MyLibrary.
  • If you have trouble accessing Blackboard, go to the Information Technology Support Center For Students web page.
Textbooks on Reserve
  • Library & Learning Services continues to offer its Textbooks on Reserve program in response to a Student Government Association report on the high cost of textbooks. By indentifying textbook titles already in our collection and placing them on reserve, L&LS is able to make these materials available to more students.
  • Textbooks available this semester are listed under "Course Reserve/Course/MU: [current semester] Undergraduate Reserves" in the  WRLC Catalog.
  • Only Undergrad textbooks will be available on reserves for the Fall and Spring semesters.
Get Help with Reserves
  • If you are not sure if the book is on reserve, please bring the title and course number to the circulation or reference desk.
  • For questions about course reserves on Blackboard, contact your professor or the Circulation Desk at 703-284-1533.