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 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.