What are Course Reserves?
Course reserves are library materials made available to students at the request of faculty, often in the context of required and recommended course readings.
Print materials are placed on hold at specific Harvard Library locations for short term loans to students enrolled in the course.
Materials available online are provided as links within your course website.
Get Reserves Help
Have a question about setting up reserves for your course? Locate your contact below.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library (Divinity)
Harvard Divinity School
Baker Library (Business)
Harvard Business School
Botany Libraries (FAS)
Harvard University Herbaria
Cabot Science Library (FAS)
Cabot supports reserves required readings for all undergraduate science courses and graduate courses. Optional reserves readings will be considered for purchase and addition to the general Cabot collection.
Countway Library (Medicine)
Countway supports courses taught at HSPH, HMS, and HSDM
Frances Loeb Library (Design)
Graduate School of Design
Fine Arts Library (FAS)
Fine Arts Library supports reserves for undergraduate and graduate courses in the Departments of History of Art and Architecture (HAA) and Visual and Environmental Studies (VES). Additional support for undergraduate and graduate courses in other departments/faculties may be provided, if requested.
Gutman Library (Education)
Harvard-Yenching Library (FAS)
Harvard-Yenching Library supports reserves for all East Asia-related courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It has primary responsibility for language and graduate courses in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.
Harvard Kennedy School Library (Government)
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Lamont Library (FAS)
Lamont Library supports reserves readings for most undergraduate courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Lamont Library does not support courses offered outside the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, regardless of undergraduate enrollment. The library supports most graduate courses in the following departments: Celtic, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, Germanic Languages and Literatures, History, History of Science, Philosophy, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Lamont does not support the following graduate courses:
- Anthropology 200-399 (Tozzer Library)
- East Asian Languages and Civilizations 200-399 (Harvard-Yenching Library)
- History of Art and Architecture 200-399 (Fine Arts Library)
Lamont does not support the following undergraduate courses:
- Anthropology tutorials (Tozzer Library only)
- East Asian Languages and Civilizations language courses (Harvard-Yenching Library only)
- History of Art and Architecture 10-199 (Fine Arts Library)
- Sciences 10-199 (Cabot Library).
Harvard Law School
Ernst Mayr Library (FAS)
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Loeb Music Library (FAS)
Loeb Music Library supports reserves required readings for all Harvard Music Department courses, with the exception of Core courses. We can make exceptions when a non-Music Department course needs materials primarily from Music Library collections, as well as provide additional multiple copies of materials for Core music courses when needed (as requested by Morse/Lamont).
Tozzer Library offers linking to course readings in Harvard's e-resources for all courses it supports. It supports reserves required readings for all courses taught by the faculty of the Anthropology Department. In addition, Tozzer also supports congruent courses, such as in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, sometimes taught by faculty other than those in Anthropology.
John G. Wolbach Library (FAS)
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CFA)
Details about reserves for your courses can be found via your course site.
Just look for the "Library Reserves" section. That's where you'll find links to online readings and information about how to access physical items placed on reserve.
Things to keep in mind
- Physical items placed on reserve are loaned out for three hours at a time.
- You can check the availability of an item by clicking the links to HOLLIS in your course site.