The Libraries’ goal in providing reserve services is to support instructors teaching activities by gathering the required readings of a course in one place for student access. Reserve books circulate for 2 hours at a time in the library, allowing many students to have access to the items. Articles and book chapters are scanned and made available to students electronically allowing 24-7 access to them from on or off campus.
Circulating books owned by the Pratt Libraries may be placed on reserve. Due to space constraints, instructors are permitted to place a maximum of 40 items on reserve per course.
Items that cannot be placed on reserve include: Reference books, special collections items, journals, course packets, publishers’ review copies, and items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan or ConnectNY.
Placing Personal Copies of Books
Request a purchase
To request a purchase please use the Suggest a Purchase form and note on the form the request is for reserve. Orders may take six to eight weeks to arrive; please allow sufficient time for processing.
Individual journal articles and book chapters can be placed on reserve through e-reserve. In order to comply with copyright law, book e-reserves are limited to one chapter or up to 10% of a book and journals are limited to one article from an issue of one journal. Items placed on e-reserve will be processed by staff and uploaded onto the library catalog PrattCat reserves' tab. However, if an item is available through the Pratt Institute Libraries’ Quick Search we recommend providing your students with a full citation and permalink to the item’s page.