Course Reserves

Tips for Accessing and Using Course Reserves

  • The Course Reserves database includes materials that are restricted to Rensselaer faculty, staff and students in order to comply with copyright law and various licensing agreements.
  • Search the Reserves by instructor’s last name, course name, or department.
  • Architecture Course Reserve materials are available only at the Architecture Library.
  • Some Course Reserves items may be limited to electronic availability. 
  • Be prepared to deposit a required acceptable, positive form of identification – such as a Rensselaer or other college ID card, a Rensselaer Libraries' Courtesy Card, or current driver's license – to collect Course Reserves materials.

Tips for Submitting Course Reserves

  • Use the Course Reserves request form to list all assigned and suggested readings with complete bibliographic information, including author, book or journal title, date etc.
  • Identify specific book chapters to be put on reserve.
  • Physical request forms are available at the Library Service Desk.
  • Submit all request forms to the Service Desks before the start of classes to allow for timely processing.

A Note about Textbook Acquisitions

  • It is the general policy of the Rensselaer Libraries not to purchase copies of textbooks. This includes electronic textbooks — Electronic versions of textbooks that are able to be purchased by libraries are often expensive and allow only one user at a time.
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