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Textbook and Course Reserves

Textbooks on Reserve

  • 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 for two-hour in library use at the main library or Ballston Coakley Library Extension depending on where the course is held. Textbooks may be renewed once as long as no requests are pending.
  • Search for textbooks by title in MULibrary Search. From the search box select MU Reserves. You can also use Refine Your Results on the left of the webpage and choose Marymount under Institution. From the Library option, select the reserve location-- Ballston Coakley Library Extension or Reinsch Library.
  • Fines for overdue textbooks are $2 per day to a maximum of $10 per item. The charge for a lost/long overdue textbook is either the same as lost fines and fees ($80 lost item fee, $30 processing fee, and $10 overdue) or the cost of the textbook, whichever is higher.
  • 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 Coakley Library Extension. Limited loan periods for reserved materials are set so that more students can access these resources.

Typically, course 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 50¢ per hour for closed reserves and $2.50 a day for overnight reserves to a maximum of $10 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

  • Use MULibrary Search to locate books or materials that are currently on reserve at the library or library extension.
  • From the search box select MU Reserves. Course reserves may be searched by instructor or department ID and course number.
  • 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 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 ID 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. 
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