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Course Reserves: Student Textbook Request

Student Textbook Request Policies

The following polices apply to student requested textbook reserves:

  • Materials may be requested by undergraduate or graduate students at Yale University
  • Materials will be made available at the one of the following libraries for 2-hour check out: Bass Library, CSSSI, or Divinity Library
  • Materials will be available for the semester they are requested for
  • Materials must be physical materials assigned as required or recommended reading for a course
  • Materials that may not be requested include:
    • Course Packs
    • Textbook license codes for integrated online components
  • E-books will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Student Textbook Request

Student Textbook Request

Students can request textbooks to be placed on reserve at the the following library locations: Bass Library, The Center for Science and Social Science Information, or Divinity Library. The materials will be available for a short-term loan (2 hours). The shorter loan period ensures that textbooks are more readily available to all students in a course. Unlike other library items, course reserves must be returned at the library they were checked out at.

You can search Quicksearch to see if the library already has a copy of your textbook on reserve or you can request the library put your textbook on reserve here:

Questions? Contact or your local reserves unit

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Contact Reserves Staff

For specific Yale course reserves:

Arts Library
Phone: 203-432-2643

Bass Library
Phone: 203-432-1872

Phone: 203-432-3439

Divinity Library
Phone: 203-432-5288

Film Study Center
Phone: 203-432-0149

Medical Library

Music Library 
Phone: 203-432-5549

Get Help

Help is available Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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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