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Course Reserves: Information for Students

Spring & Summer 2021 Course Reserves - Information for Students

Spring & Summer 2021 Course Reserves are eReserve only. Meaning the library will not be offering traditional print reserve items. The library will be providing eReserves access to the following types of materials:

  • library licensed ebooks
  • chapter scans
  • article scans
  • streaming video and audio
  • links to other library licensed eResources

You can view course reserves via the Course Reserves module of Canvas (your instructor must set this up).

Other resources for getting course readings include:

  • Scan & Deliver - Request chapter/article scans of items currently in the Yale Library collection
  • BorrowDirect* - Request books from our IvyPlus partner libraries
  • Interlibrary Loan* - Request books or chapter/article scans of items not available at Yale Library
  • Mail to Address-  Request Yale Library, Interlibrary Loan, or BorrowDirect items be delivered to your home or place of residence (including on campus housing)
  • Purchase Request - Request ebook versions of materials to be added to the Yale Library collection

*Please note that course textbooks are often in high demand and therefore difficult to acquire through BorrowDirect and/or Interlibrary Loan

If you have any questions please contact, Ask Yale Library, or your Personal Librarian.


If you cannot locate a print item, or if you have trouble linking to an ereserve, please contact staff right away. 

If a print item is lost, notify our staff and then try Borrow Direct. 

Reserves at Yale

Types of Reserves

The required and suggested readings for Yale courses are typically placed on course reserve. These may take two forms.

  • eReserves: Available instantly through Canvas.
  • Print reserves: Listed in Canvas, must be checked out from the library

Finding Reserves

In Canvas, you will find a "course reserves" link on the left. Click this link to see reserve materials. You may click on the tags above the list to filter results by relevant week or subject.

Print Reserves

Print reserves are generally shelved separately from the rest of the books in the library. Some reserve materials at Bass are shelved with the general collection. Ask at the circulation desk in the individual library for their location. 

Print reserves have varying loan lengths which are noted in Orbis. Check at the circulation desk at your library for details.

Print reserves cannot be renewed.

Note: Significant fines will apply when reserve materials are held past the time when they are due back. See more fine information below.


E-reserves are linked from within Canvas. If you have difficulty accessing a reserve item please email the library immediately at or ask at a circulation desk. We wil attempt to identify the problem and restore access as soon as possible.

Contact Reserves Staff

For specific Yale course reserves:

Arts Library
Phone: 203-432-2643

Bass Library
Phone: 203-432-1872

Marx Library
Phone: 203-432-3439

Divinity Library
Phone: 203-432-5288

Yale Film Archive
Phone: 203-432-0149

Medical Library

Music Library 
Phone: 203-432-5549

Get Help

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Warning of Copyright Restrictions


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of the copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than in private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The Yale University Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgement fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

1 37 C.F.R. §201.14