Nearly any object in the Yale University Library collections can be placed on reserve. Nonetheless, how various materials can be made available will vary by object type and location. Please note that reserve items that can be placed on eReserve (book chapters, short public domain works, short government documents, etc.) will generally be scanned and posted rather than put on print reserve.
Some of the basic policies follow:
In general, the library will make any material available for course reserve. Nonetheless, many of the special circulation policies that apply to items in non-general collections will continue to apply to reserves.
Although any item may be placed on reserve, circulation policies will vary by item type and location.
The general categories of course reserve are:
Note that even open reserve materials are shelved separately from the general collection. The exception is the Bass library, which intershelves reserve materials with non-reserve items in the stacks.
Circulation periods vary by location and are summarized below.
Materials in special collections will not be allowed to circulate due to preservation concerns. Media may or may not circulate depending on the location of the item.
Before the early-submission deadline reserve requests are processed in the order in which they are received. Once this date passes, however, they are processed according to needed-by dates. This means that materials tagged for the first week are processed first for all lists, then materials for the second week, etc. This policy exists to ensure that all materials are processed in time for students to access.
Please note that to ensure availablility, reserve requests should still be submitted as early as possible.
The library will attempt to provide electronic copies of materials whenever possible, within the boundaries of our licensing agreements and reserves copyright guidelines.
If a material must be put on print reserve even though it is eligible for eReserve, please specify your preference in the notes field of the request form.
If a book or object is unavailable at the library, a faculty member or designee may bring in a personal copy. These items will always be placed on closed reserve and will not be allowed to leave the library. The library will attempt to purchase or borrow a copy as soon as the situation appears, and will return the personal copy as soon as possible. The exception is the course pack, which the library will not purchase.
For specific Yale course reserves: