Course Reserves


Reserves are supplementary course materials that Duke faculty and staff put on hold for Duke students to use.
These materials are housed both at the circulation desks of the Duke University Libraries and online through an electronic reserve system.*

For Students

Access Reserves

Access Course Reserves

  • Find a book or film on Reserve at Lilly Library
  • Find Reserve materials at the Music Library

For Instructors

Place Items on Reserve

There is one form for all formats/locations

Place Items on Reserve

General Instructions

  • Allow sufficient lead time for processing. You may submit material throughout the semester. However, please note that if you submit materials within a few days of your first class, staff may not be able to fulfill your Reserve request immediately.
  • Identify (Author/Chapter/Title) materials on your online Reserve form as on your syllabus.  Please ensure a complete bibliographic citation is provided.
  • Staff will remove your Reserve materials at the end of every semester. You will need to email the appropriate staff person to re-activate a course reserve list. See the contact list in the upper right.
  • See location-specific information for Lilly Library Reserves

Preparing Photocopies for E-Reserves

  • All photocopies should be single-sided, black & white on 8.5-by-11-inch paper.
  • Please provide the full bibliographic citation on the first page of each article.
  • Please do not staple documents.
  • To ensure a manageable file size, divide long articles into subsets of 25 pages each.
  • Try to eliminate black margins and gutters on photocopies to ensure better legibility.
  • We will not scan articles that are available on the Internet or via the library's electronic databases, but we will place appropriate URLs of the articles on E-Reserve.
  • In consideration of the fair use exception to U.S. copyright law, we can place limited portions of a work on E-Reserve. For more information about copyright law, please contact

Books & Instructor's Materials

  • Instructors are welcome to place personal copies of materials on Reserve. Include your name and campus box number when submitting personal materials. Remember that we are not responsible for personal books that go missing.
  • We cannot place the following materials on Reserve: coursepacks, videos, reference books or materials from the Medical Center Library, Law Library or Ford Library.

All E-Reserves are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

*NOTICE: The information stored in the Electronic Reserves database is protected under the Copyright Laws of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governing the making of photocopies of copyrighted material. The person using this system is liable for any infringement. For more in-depth information see Access to Copyrighted Materials on Reserve