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Reserve Guidelines

How to Place Reserve Requests

Requests cannot be processed with incomplete information. Remember to include a citation complete with the item’s call number in the Pratt Institute Libraries collection. All citation information can be found on the library’s catalog. Examples:

  • Book: The Design of Everyday Things. 745.2 N842 c.4
  • Personal: Somebody, John. Really Great Book. New York: Lippincott, PERSONAL.
  • Book chapter: Morris, Desmond. “Satanic Cats.” Cats in Art. London: Reaktion Books, 2017, pp. 41-52. 704.9432 M875, Brooklyn Stacks.
  • Article: Bailey, Martin. “Monet’s Cat Returns Home.” Art Newspaper, vol. 27, no. 303, July 2018, pp. 1.

Fill out the Course Reserve Form

Reserve Carrels

The Brooklyn campus library has eight carrels reserved for graduate seminar classes of fewer than 20 students.

Carrels will be provided to faculty on a first come, first served basis.
The purpose of the carrels is to allow students to look at a variety of material at one time, instead of being restricted to the two-book limit of Reserves.

These materials do not leave the Library, but because they are sitting on open carrels, the Library cannot guarantee that the materials will be immediately re-shelved on the appropriate carrel.
The Library strongly recommends that you place books essential to your course on Reserve, rather than in a carrel—this will ensure that such books are always available to your students in a timely manner.
Faculty need to provide the library reserve staff with a list of titles and call numbers of the items that they would like assigned to a carrel. As long as the book is a stacks book and not required for another class’ reserve readings, it will be processed for the assigned carrel.

Email the Brooklyn Reserves Staff for more information.

Note: Instructors may put personal material in a carrel, but the Libraries cannot be held responsible for instructors’ personal property.

When to Place Reserve Requests

Reserve requests must be submitted at least two weeks before they are needed by your students. All reserve requests must be submitted within the first six weeks of the semester. 

Reserves are processed on a first come, first served basis and we cannot guarantee last-minute requests will be completed before readings are assigned.

Reserve request forms need to be submitted each semester an instructor wants item(s) on reserve.
It is the instructor's responsibility to make reserve requests each semester they wish to have item(s) on reserve.
All reserve requests are processed in the order in which they are received.‚Äč

Removing Reserves

All Reserve materials are removed at the end of each semester.

Professor personal copies are returned to the professor, donated to the library or discarded (per the instructions professors give on their reserve request form).

If a professor wishes for their items to be placed on reserve again for a subsequent semester, they must notify reserves staff by phone, email, or in person before the end of the current semester.