Answered By: Jessica Bower
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Q: How can I tell if a Yale Library book is on reserve?
Answered by: Jessica Bower


Fall 2020

The library is currently processing only electronic reserves. Current students should look for e-reserve material in Canvas. Faculty can request material to be put on e-Reserve via Canvas. Find more information about current reserve policies at


There are three ways to tell if a Yale Library book is on reserve:

  1. There will be a note in the Orbis or Quicksearch record indicating location, type of reserve, and duration.  (Example: “Bass Library, Stacks, 24-Hour Reserve”)

  2. In some cases, there will be a band around the item indicating it is a "Yale University Library Course Reserve." In the pocket of the band will be a slip that will indicate the circulation period for that particular item: 2 Hour, 24 Hour, or 3 Day.

  3. If you have checked out a reserve item, you can check Your Library Account online to see when it is due.

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