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Reserve Guidelines


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.

Fill out the course reserve form

What books can be placed on Reserve?

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

  • Instructors' personal copies of books may be placed on reserve.
  • The Library cannot assume liability for personal copies which are stolen or mutilated.
  • All personal items will be removed from reserves at the end of each semester. Instructors are responsible for retrieving personal copies from the library within one month of the last day of classes.

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.

What can be placed on e-reserve?

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 Course Reserves. 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. 

  • Articles obtained via ILL will not be scanned into e-reserves.
  • Access to these e-reserves are limited to registered Pratt students and require login authentication from off campus via Pratt’s OneKey system.
  • Instructors are responsible for copyright compliance and need to obtain copyright permissions for items which do not fall under the Fair Use.
  • Instructors can request copyright permission from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) by going to the CCC website.