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Fine Arts Library Reserves

Information for Students

Click here for information on locating reserve materials in the library.
Electronic reserves will be accessible through your Canvas course site under the "Penn Libraries Course Reserves" button.

Information for Faculty

Faculty may place books, journal articles and other materials on reserve at the Fine Arts Library. Increasingly, departmental staff scan submitted materials for uploading to Canvas. To ensure maximum availability for all users, most reserve materials do not leave the library. Some reserve items circulate overnight: contact Fisher's Reserves Coordinator for additional information.  If we need to purchase a title for your course, let us know. But please note: we do not purchase textbooks for the collection.

Occasionally, art and architecture reserve materials may be found in Van Pelt Reserve, located on the 1st floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

Books are placed on reserve in departmental libraries, school libraries, or Van Pelt Reserves are listed in Franklin, the online catalog.

For inquiries about Reserves, including specific questions about mounting electronic Reserves on Canvas, contact:  Rachael Schechter (215) 898-8325 or

Canvas & Reserves

To register your course for reserves please select the reserves option when filling out your Canvas Site Request Form or click here.

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 Fisher's Reserves Coordinator.

Please see Reserve Request Procedures for step by step instructions on placing course reserve requests.