Course reserves

Finding course reserves (students)

To find course reserves, please search OskiCat by instructor name or department and course number.

Reserve materials generally circulate for 2-hours or 1-day. They are not renewable. Borrowers are charged fines for overdue reserve materials so please be sure to return them on time to the circulation desk where you checked them out. More information on course reserve policies can be found on the library-wide Course Reserves page.

Placing items on reserve (instructors)

To place items on course reserve, please complete the Course Reserve Request Form, save it to your computer, and email it to You may also print it and return it to the Circulation Desk of the Earth Sciences & Map Library.

Please submit your course reserve requests to the library as soon as possible to allow adequate time for processing, recalling items from patrons, and paging books from other libraries. Lists will be processed in the order they are received. More information on course reserves, policies, and guidelines can be found on the library-wide Placing Materials on Reserve: Instructions for Faculty and Instructors.

If you have any questions about placing materials on course reserve or if you wish to check the status of your course reserve list, please contact the Course Reserves supervisor at (510) 664-7058 or email

  • Course Readings in bCourses - Information about uploading course materials to learning management systems, including copyright and fair use.

Personal copies and photocopies

  • Place photocopied articles or other loose material in folders or envelopes. (The Library has only a limited number of folders and envelopes available, so please provide your own.)
  • Multiple articles can be grouped together and circulated as a unit. Please submit these items in a folder or envelope and designate a title such as "Articles for Week 1" or "Readings for September."
  • Provide an adequate number of copies for the size of your class.
  • If there are any special instructions for returning your materials at the end of the semester, please let us know.


The Copyright Law of the United States governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. In accepting photocopies for reserves the UC Berkeley Library assumes that the copy or copies have been made in compliance with the fair use provisions of section 107. See the UC Copyright website on using copyrighted works for more information.