We have resumed some on-campus services, including book pickup, virtual consultations, and fulfilling scanning/digitization requests. Many library materials are available online, but our buildings remain closed until further notice.


Course Reserves

Looking for required and recommended reading for your classes? Check out what's available through course reserves.

What are Course Reserves?

Course reserves are library materials made available to students at the request of faculty:

  • Print materials are placed on hold at specific Harvard Library locations for short term loans to students enrolled in the course.
  • Online materials available are linked within your course website.
  • In support of remote teaching, we have expanded our course reserves services for Summer and Fall 2020.

For Faculty

At your request, our staff will:

  • Find links to existing digital materials
  • Scan articles and book chapters
  • Post digital content to a Library Reserves reading list on Canvas

We're ready to scan materials for the Fall 2020 semester. Within FAS, submissions before August 1 will receive priority.

Request and manage reserves via canvas


Have a question about setting up reserves for your course? Locate your contact below.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library (Divinity)  

Harvard Divinity School
Email Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Baker Library (Business)

Harvard Business School
Email Baker Library

Botany Libraries (FAS)

Harvard University Herbaria 
Email Botany Libraries

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.
Email Cabot Science Library

Countway Library (Medicine)

Countway supports courses taught at HSPH, HMS, and HSDM
Email Countway Library

Frances Loeb Library (Design)

Graduate School of Design
Email Loeb Library

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.
Email Fine Arts Library

Gutman Library (Education)

Graduate School of Education
Email Gutman Reserves
Email Carol Kentner

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.
Email Harvard-Yenching Library

Harvard Kennedy School Library (Government)

John F. Kennedy School of Government
Email Kennedy School Library

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).

Email Lamont Library

Law Library 

Harvard Law School
Email Harvard Law School Library

Ernst Mayr Library (FAS)

Museum of Comparative Zoology 
Email Ernst Mayr Library

Loeb Music Library (FAS)

Loeb Music Library supports reserves reading and listening for all Harvard Music Department courses, with the exception of GenEd courses. Additional support for courses in other departments/faculties may be provided, if they require materials primarily from Music Library collections.
Email Loeb Music Library

Tozzer Library

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.
Email Tozzer Library

John G. Wolbach Library (FAS)

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CFA)
Email Wolbach Library

For Students

Details about reserves for your courses can be found via your course site.

Just 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.