Electronic & Print Reserves

Electronic Reserves

The Electronic Reserves service provides online access to course materials. Authorized members of a particular course may view and print course materials from computers in the library, at home, or in the office, at any time of day. Electronic reserves are available through the library’s e-reserve system, or through the course Moodle.

For best results when using electronic reserves, make sure you have version 5 or higher of Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. Under the View menu, select rotate clockwise or counterclockwise until article appears in the correct position. You can also zoom in or out for better focus. (Download the most recent Acrobat Reader)

Questions? Suggestions? Complaints? You can reach electronic reserves staff at reserves@reed.edu.

Print Reserves

Books needed for course readings are pulled from the library shelves, placed on reserve, and assigned reduced loan periods. This allows all students in a class the opportunity to use the material as required for assignments.

Materials on reserve currently circulate for 3 hours. These materials are kept behind the circulation desk and must be requested from the desk assistant. You may not browse the reserve shelves behind the desk. Audio-visual and other media reserves are usually kept in the Instructional Media Center.

Reserve Lists

Lists arranged by course, containing information about reserve materials such as author and call number, can be accessed via the online catalog. Use the call number on the list to request an item in the reserve stacks. The course lists in the online catalog always contain the most up-to-date information regarding the current availability of materials placed on reserve, i.e. whether they are checked out or removed from reserve, and what items have recently been added.


There is no limit on the number of renewals for a reserve book. From time to time the desk assistant may have to restrict renewals because of unusually high demand for a particular item. Also, you may not renew reserve materials by phone. Such restrictions are made to ensure equitable access to the material.


Reserve materials may sometimes be charged out for extended periods. Ask the supervisor at the circulation desk for permission.

Photocopied Materials

Photocopied materials temporarily on reserve are placed in folders and housed behind the desk. Consult the reserve list for the folder number before requesting the item.

Reserve Fines

$1/hour - $10 max
After 5 days the book is considered lost and there is a $60 replacement charge, plus a $10 processing fee.