The Reserve Desk maintains a collection of restricted-use materials for the Boston University community. Most items are required course readings; however we also provide a secure location for heavily-used or fragile items, CD-ROMs, and films. Restricted loan periods provide availability to a greater number of students. The majority of Reserve items are classified as 2-hour in-library-use loans, although 24-hour and 3-day designations may be assigned upon faculty request. The Reserve Desk also offers Electronic Reserves which allow students remote access to materials. Articles or book chapters may be converted to PDFs which are made available through the library’s online catalog via the same course listings as traditional reserve materials. All documents are subject to copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code).

Visit the Pardee Library page for information on their reserves procedures.

Placing Material on Reserve

Faculty may request that any of the following materials be placed on Reserve as course readings:

Appropriate request forms should be completed and submitted to the Reserve Desk in person, online, by post or fax. Verbal and email requests will not be accepted.

Forms are available online and at the Reserve Desk.

Please Note: Syllabi will not be accepted in lieu of standard Reserve forms.

Reserve requests turned in after the beginning of a semester may take longer to be processed.

Accessing Reserve Material

Materials on the Mugar Reserve shelves are catalogued by Library of Congress call numbers, not by professor’s name or course number. To access material, you will need to provide staff with a call number. Photo identification is required.

To consult the Reserve component of the online catalog, choose “Reserves” from the main search menu to view course listings. When prompted, provide either the instructor’s name or the course number. This will display the complete list of titles and call numbers of materials attached to a particular course. If you cannot locate the course number, professor or item for which you are searching, or if you need assistance with the online system, please ask a staff member for help.

Fines and Fees

Fines are assessed for items not returned by the date/time due.

Hours of operation

The Reserve Desk is located on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library. Access to reserve material is available during all hours the library is open. Please note that library service hours may vary from Mugar building hours.

For a recorded message of Mugar Memorial Library’s general hours, please call (617) 353-3708. The Reserve Desk may be contacted at (617) 353-3739 or

Full-time Reserve staff members are available Monday through Saturday, 8:00am to 4:00pm. The Circulation Department provides coverage at all other times. Please note, only full-time Reserve staff are able to process requests and remove materials from course listings.