Make a Request
Whether you want to reuse materials you requested in the past, or you want to request something new, we can help.
Things to know
- Use the "Library Reserves" section in Canvas to create a course materials list.
- Library staff will automatically locate or generate digital copies of requested materials and link them to your list.
- We encourage you to include items that you know the library does not own; we'll figure it out.
- To request physical copies, make a note in your request.
- Detailed instructions for using Library Reserves are available in Canvas.
Don't see the Library Reserves section?
If you have a question about setting up reserves for your course, find help by School.
- Business: Baker Business Library, email
- Design: Loeb Design Library, email
- Divinity: Harvard Divinity School Library, email
- Education: Gutman Library, email
- FAS: Harvard Library Access Services, email
- Kennedy: HKS Library, email
- Law: Harvard Law School Library, email
- Medical, Dental, Public Health: Countway Medical Library, email
- Summer School and Extension School Canvas sites do not include the Library Reserves tool by default. Please email us for assistance with these courses.
Each semester, we give priority to requests submitted by these dates:
- Fall term: August 1
- J-term: November 15
- Spring term: December 1
- Summer term: May 15
Priority dates for professional schools may differ.
Access Options & Turnaround Times
We can provide course reserves to your students in a variety of formats, including physical and digital materials. Expand the options below to learn more about the considerations associated with different library materials.
- Library-Licensed eBooks: publishers may restrict eBook availability, and DRM restrictions may limit concurrent users, total uses, copying, printing, and downloading. | Turnaround time: eBook is library-owned: 1-2 business days; Not owned: 1 week
- Whole Book Scans: we may be able to scan an entire book if doing so complies with copyright law. Students can access the whole book scan for a 3-hour digital loan and share a limited number of digital copies. | Turnaround time: Physical book is library-owned and on shelf: up to 3 weeks; Not owned/not on shelf: 4-6 weeks
- Physical Reserves: Access is dependent on library hours. Students can borrow physical copies for a 3-hour loan and share a limited number of copies. | Turnaround time: Physical book is library-owned and on shelf: up to 4 days; Not owned/not on shelf: 2-4 weeks
Chapters and Articles
- Library-Licensed eResources: publishers may restrict eBook availability, and DRM restrictions may limit concurrent users, total uses, copying, printing, and downloading.| Turnaround time: eResoruce is library-owned: 1-2 business days; Not owned: 4-6 weeks
- PDF Scans from Print: library staff will scan requested resources if doing so complies with copyright law. Instructors are responsible for making Fair Use determinations before submitting a request. | Turnaround time: Physical book is library-owned and only shelf: 2-4 business days; Not owned/not on shelf: 4-6 weeks
- Library-Licensed Streaming Media: Library staff will post a link in Canvas. Limited offerings from publishers may restrict availability. | Turnaround time: Owned: 2-4 business days; Not owned: varies, depending on vendor, 4-6 weeks
- Digitized Media: Digitized media will be hosted in Panopto in Canvas. Due to copyright restrictions, choose the smallest section of a work necessary to meet the educational need. Entire film streaming is limited to one week. | Turnaround time: Available: 1-2 weeks; Not available/not on shelf: 4-6 weeks
- Physical Reserves: Upon request, library staff will make DVDs available for 3-hour loans. If the library is unable to make a resource available in a streaming format, it will automatically place the DVD on physical reserve. Students share a limited number of physical copies. Access is dependent on library hours. | Turnaround time: Available: 2-4 business days; Not available/not on shelf: 2-4 weeks
- Bookstore & Other Vendors: Students may purchase DVDs and other media from the bookstore or from online vendors, including subscription services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Details about reserves for your classes can be found on your course Canvas site.
Look for the "Library Reserves" section, 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 on your course site.