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Research Basics

What are Reserves?

What are reserves?

Course reserves are readings for your class that your instructor has made available through the library.

Types of reserves:

  • Electronic reserves: online articles or other digital content that can be accessed at any time from your laptop.
  • Print reserves: physical items such as books, article photocopies, and DVDs that must be checked out and used within Buhl Library.

Your syllabus may indicate which type of reserve an item is. If not, you may need to search two places to locate it.

Where can I find the Reserves?

Where can I find the Reserves online?

You can access our course reserves lists from the library's homepage 24/7 using the Course Reserves link.

Screengrab of with the Course Reserves link indicated.

From this page you can search the Print reserves and access the Electronic Reserves.

What type of Reserve?

Know what type of reserve you need?

If so, just click the link you need.

Not sure what type of Reserve?

Need some help finding a specific reserve item?

Just follow these easy steps.

1: Access the Electronic Reserves list for the current semester. 

Screengrab of Course Reserves page with link to Fall 2021 indicated.

Readings are listed alphabetically by Professor's last name.

3. Scroll down the list to find your Professor and Course.

Screengrab of eReserves page.


4. Review the list of titles for the reading you need.

Screengrab of Dr. S. Houk's electronic reserves page.


5. If your reading is listed here, click on the link provided to access it.

6. If no link is provided, check the access notes that are provided after the title (see the green boxes above).

  • These items are on reserve at the library or cannot be linked directly (due to copyright restrictions). Common examples are:
    • Articles found in books on physical reserve in the library
    • eBook titles that are available through Discovery
    • Links to websites that must be copied and pasted into the browser

Didn't find the item you need on Electronic Reserve?

Check our Print Reserves.

1. Use any or all of the drop-down menu options to find relevant print reserves.

Screengrab of Henry Academic Reserves search screen with departments, courses, and instructors drop-down menus indicated.


2. Click View All Reserves.

3. The list of titles for the Department, Course, and/or Instructor will appear.

Screengrab of results list for Dr. Houk with title and availability for Selected Readings in Forensic Psychology indicated.


4. Titles listed as available can be checked out at the Main Desk in the library lobby.

If you do not find the reserve you need in either place, check with your professor.

Print Reserve Use Policies

Print Reserve Use Policies

  • Most items can be checked out for 2 hours.
  • Items are in-library use only (unless otherwise noted).
  • Users can borrow 1 item at a time.
  • Photocopies or scans of pages can be made in the library lobby.
  • Items can be checked out more than once, as needed.

Note: Reserve videos have a 4-hour checkout and may leave the library for viewing.