Course Reserves

Find textbooks, readings, DVDs, and other items placed on Reserve by your course instructor.

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The Reserves Collection ensures that materials assigned for a class will be accessible to all students who need them. Books and other items are placed on Reserve for a specific course at the request of a faculty member.

Most Reserves have a 2-hour loan period or a 4-hour loan period and must be used inside the library. Tip: If you check out an item 2 hours before the Circulation Desk closes, it will be due 1 hour after the library opens the next morning!  If the item is a personal copy of the instructor, the instructor may not want the item to leave the library and in that case overnight check out will not be allowed. 

Items that will be used less intensively but need to be shared by a class may be designated as 1 day or 3 day reserve. 


Placing an Item on Reserve

The Circulation Desk handles all Reseve requests.  Either stop by and complete a Reserve request card or email your Reserve list to Svetlana Sinanovic at  If emailing a list, please use your class code (e.g., PHI 130) as the email subject line and include a copy of your class syllabus with your Reserve list. Please list both the selection and the source title for each Reserve item. For example, if the syllabus asks students to listen to “Someone to Watch Over Me” from the CD entitled "Kiri Sings Gershwin," please list both titles.

To ensure timely service, please submit Reserve requests at least 3 days in advance of the date when they will be needed. In addition to items in McCain's holdings, personal copies of books, textbooks or DVDs may also be placed on Reserve.

For books or media items not listed in the SOPHIA catalog, with reasonable lead time the library will try to order items you wish to place on Reserve.  Please contact Resa Harney (404-471-6141 | for additional information.

Commercially rented items (i.e. DVDs from Netflix or Blockbuster) or ILL materials (that belong to another institution) cannot be placed on Reserve. Photocopied articles to be placed on Reserve must meet copyright guidelines (see below).


Links to Articles

Many of the databases enable faculty to create online reading lists that provide a link directly to a journal, magazine, or newspaper article available in one of the library databases.  Please contact the User Education Librarian, Casey Long (404-471-6343 |, to learn how to create a reading list that is accessible to students through Moodle. 


Looking for Cheaper Textbooks?

McCain Library does not buy textbooks for classes taught at Agnes Scott.  However, we've created a flyer with links to some options for renting or puchasing books at reduced cost.

More Resources

Question? Contact Erica Hardy, Access Services Librarian (x6337 |