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Course Reserves & TIP FAQ  

Information about the Libraries' course reserves service and MIT's TIP (Textbook Information Provisioning) service
Last Updated: Nov 26, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What are Course Reserves?

Reserves are materials and resources that professors have identified to use for a class. They can be either print or electronic.

  • Print reserves are books and audiovisual materials that have been set aside for a class at a specific library.
  • Electronic reserves are materials that have been scanned and uploaded to a course’s Stellar site. Access is usually limited to students enrolled in the course.

What's on Reserve at the Library?

  What kinds of materials are on reserve?

  Are all course textbooks on reserve?

  Do you have copies of all course readers?

  The semester hasn't begun yet or is already over. Why is this book on reserve?



  Where are course reserves located?

  How do I borrow reserve materials?

  Is there a limit to how many reserves I can borrow?

  How long can I keep reserves?

  Can I take reserve materials out of the library?

  Can I borrow reserve materials overnight?

  Can I "reserve" a reserve item?


Renew + Return

  Can I renew reserves?

  Can I return a reserve item to any library or book return, like regular library books?

  What happens if I return or renew an item late?


Access Electronic Reserves

  How do I access electronic reserves?

  Why do some readings say "restricted use"?

  I'm enrolled in the class but am having trouble opening "restricted use" materials on Stellar. Why is that?

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