Permanent reserves and course reserves are shelved behind the Circulation Desk. Go to the course reserves tab in OskiCat (the UC Berkeley library catalog) to find the call number of the desired item, and request it in person at the Circulation Desk.
Overdue reserve materials will incur a fine. For more information, see our circulation policies.
Submit your course reserves requests to the library as early as possible to allow adequate time for processing, and be aware that some materials may need to be recalled from patrons before they can be placed on reserve.
There are three options for placing items on reserve:
Loan periods: You may specify the loan period for which each item circulates.
NOTE: If no loan period is specified by the faculty member, the loan period will default to 2-Hours/Overnight. If the same item is on reserve for two classes, a narrower loan period may apply.
Reserve limit: 30 items per course. Please email your list if there are more than 10 items.
Suggested readings: Please restrict reserve requests to required readings only.
Number of copies: We recommend 1 copy of each reserve item per 25 students in the class. If the same item is on reserve for two classes, a narrower loan period than requested may apply.
Additional requests: Additional requests will be treated as new requests. They should meet the guidelines outlined above and will be processed in order of receipt. The Library cannot accept additional reserve requests after the mid-point of the semester.
Faculty interested in electronic course reserves may use bSpace, the UC Berkeley collaborative learning environment supported by Educational Technology Services. Visit their website to learn more about using bSpace.
The Library will place personal copies of books and photocopied articles on reserve. Due to copyright restrictions and staffing shortages, the Library cannot make photocopies for you. Photocopied items must be bound (not simply stapled; a three-ring binder is acceptable) and ready for circulation. Unless these items are gifts to the Library, they will be returned at the close of each semester.
We call your attention to the following Library policy governing the making of photocopies:
The copyright law of the U.S. governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copy-righted material. In accepting photocopies for reserves, the Library assumes that the copy or copies have been made in compliance with the University of California Policy and Guidelines on the Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials for Teaching and Research (April 1986.)
See UC Policy and Guidelines on the Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials for Teaching and Research and the Association of Research Libraries' Your Copy Rights: What You Can Do.