Course Reserve Information
The Penn Libraries' Course Reserves Service allows instructors to set aside books, films, or sound recordings for class use, or to make articles or book excerpts available electronically through Canvas. Reserve lists typically include required and recommended course readings.
Information for Students
Information for Faculty
If you are using Canvas you may use the "Penn Libraries Course Reserves" tool within your course site to place requests for reserve materials. This is where your students will be able access any materials placed on electronic reserves.
You may also place reserve requests for items held by the Penn Libraries by following the request links in Franklin or in PennText To place other materials on reserve, or if you have any questions, contact the reserves department at your library.
Please see Reserve Request Procedures for step by step instructions on placing course reserve requests.
To ensure maximum availability, physical reserve materials are generally charged out by the hour or overnight. The main reserve room at Penn is Rosengarten Reserve, located in the Undergraduate Study Center on the ground floor of the Van Pelt Library and open all night during the fall and spring semesters. Reserve materials for undergraduate and graduate courses in the social sciences, humanities and engineering can generally be found here. In addition, each library on campus has a reserve section for materials in its collection. When books are placed on reserve in Rosengarten or in school and departmental libraries, reserve locations are listed in Franklin, the online catalog.
The Library provides access to reserve material electronically. Journal articles, book excerpts and other materials are scanned and made available through Canvas
Questions and Assistance
Please direct your questions about both print and electronic reserve services to the Reserve staff contacts at your Library.
Consult individual libraries for reserve information:
- Annenberg School for Communication Library
- Biomedical Library
- Chemistry Library
- Dental Medicine Library
- Fine Arts Library
- Lippincott Library @ Wharton
- Math/Physics/Astronomy Library
- Museum Library
- Music Library
- Van Pelt Library
- Veterinary Library
Please note: Beginning in fall 2014, reserves services for the School of Engineering will be provided by Van Pelt Library