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Textbook and Course Reserves

Textbooks on Reserve

  • The Library & Learning Services offers the Textbook Reserve Program to reduce the burden of rising textbook costs on our student population and support student recruitment and retention.
  • Textbooks are available on reserve at the Main Library or Ballston Library Extension depending on where the course is held.
  • Textbooks may be searched by title using the WRLC Catalog. Use the drop-down menus to search by Title, choose Marymount, and click the Search button
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Circulation Desk or refer to the Textbook Reserves Policy.

Course Reserves


Instructors place print materials and media “on reserve” at the library or library extension using the Reserve Request Form. Reserves, including books, photocopies, and DVDs, are held at the Circulation Desk at the main library or the information desk at the Ballston Center Library Extension. Loan periods for reserved materials are maintained so that more students can access these resources.

Typically, reserve items have a loan period of three 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 for closed reserves and $2.50 a day for overnight reserves, to a maximum of $7 per item.

Reserve items are for the use of Marymount students, faculty, and staff only. A valid MU ID Card is required to check these items out. Due to copyright restrictions, 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

  • Select Course Reserve in the WRLC Catalog to search for books or materials that are currently on reserve at the library or library extension.
  • Reserves may be searched by instructor, department, or course. Use the drop-down menus to search by MU, choose one or more categories, and click the Search button.
  • Each catalog record contains the author name, title, location of reserve, call number, and status of the reserve item. Check the status to be sure the item is available. Items are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Note the course number, call number, and format (book or video), and bring the information to the Circulation/Reserve desk.
  • Course reserves with a loan period of less than one day may not be taken out of the library.

Get Help with Reserves

  • If you are not sure if a book is on reserve, bring the title and course number to the Circulation or Reference Desk. For questions about course reserves on Canvas, contact your professor or the Circulation Desk at (703) 284-1533.
  • For instructors, additional information can be found on the Faculty Reserves page. 

Library and Learning Services

Location 1: Emerson G. Reinsch Library (Main Campus)
Location 2: Ballston Center

Phone: (703) 284-1649 (Main Campus)
 (703) 284-5949 (Ballston Center)

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