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Course Reserves: Tips & Tricks: Home

Useful Information for Students and Instructors

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Rebecca Philio

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Information for Students

Searching for Reserves:

You may find course reserves using the search box to the left or through our main catalog at:

You may search by instructor last name, course name, or course number.  If you have difficulty locating a title that you believe to be on reserve then please feel free to contact the 4th floor library service desk in Sackler. 


All reserve items circulate for 4 hours.  This includes laptops and IT peripherals.  Occasionally books are available for overnight loan.  They may be picked up from 4pm and must be returned by 9am the next morning.  If the item is collected on a Friday then then the due date is Monday at 9am.  Overnight books may be released any time of day on Saturday or Sunday. 

Late penalties:   

If a Reserve or IT item is returned more than one hour late then a block will go into effect.

  • 1st offense: suspension of all borrowing privileges, to be lifted 24 hours after item is returned
  • 2nd offense: suspension of all borrowing privileges to be lifted one week (7 days) after return
  • 3rd offense: suspension of all borrowing privileges to be lifted one month after return and notification to the dean
  • 4th offense: suspension of all borrowing privileges to be lifted one semester after return

Information for Instructors

Request an item:

  • Please provide adequate time for processing: at least a couple of weeks prior to the start of your course
  • Please note that items must be requested to stay on reserve – they do not remain automatically
  • What to include:  
    • instructor name
    • course title
    • item format (i.e. book),
    • item's title, author, publisher, date
    • preferred number of copies (the number of copies is determined by the anticipated use of the item)

The material currently listed for your courses can be found via the Tufts Catalog.   You have the option to search by your name or course number and a list will be populated on the screen.  If you would like us to keep your current material on reserve then please let us know by emailing (Rebecca Philio) or Circulation

Personal Copies
To lend or donate a personal copy of an item that you would like placed on reserve, please bring it to the Library Service Desk with a completed Reserve Request Form. Be sure to write your name and contact information inside any book you are placing on reserve and indicate on the form whether we may mark it for processing, which included the attachment of circulation tape, barcode, and a card pocket to the inside and outside covers. If you prefer that your materials not be marked, we will try to make other arrangements. These requests usually take a week to process, but may take longer in busy times.

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