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 BlueCard 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.

Course Reserves on Canvas

  • Instructors can also post material in electronic format on Canvas. This may include links to full-text articles from one of our licensed databases.
  • Login to the MU Portal at myMarymount and open your Canvas course site.
  • If the item is in a database, you may need to login to MyLibrary.
  • If you have trouble accessing Canvas, contact IT Services for Students.

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.
  • Textbooks are listed under “Course Reserve/Course/MU: [current semester] Undergraduate Reserves” in the catalog.

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.