Because of the unprecedented disruption of COVID-19 for MIT’s Fall semester, significant changes have been made to the course reserves service to better support the largely online environment. Please find more information on these changes here and our guide to electronic resources general collection here.
Reserves are materials and resources that professors have identified to use for a credit-bearing class. They can be either print or electronic.
Print reserves are held behind the service desk of each library. You can find the library for your class by looking it up in Barton.
Request reserve materials by call number at the library service desk and present your MIT ID to borrow them.
Generally, you can borrow reserve books for 2 hours, and DVDs for 4 hours. This shortened time limit is to give everyone in the class a chance to see the materials.
Some materials may circulate for longer periods; check with the library service desk for details.
If you borrow or renew a reserve item within 2 hours of the library closing (or 4 hours for videos), you can keep it overnight until 1 hour after the library opens the next day. Check the library hours.
At the Lewis Music Library, books, scores, CDs, and DVDs may be borrowed overnight 2 hours prior to closing. Ask the desk staff for assistance.
No, reserve items must be returned to the library service desk where they were borrowed. Items returned to other libraries can take up to two days to get back to their proper location, and during that time, they are unavailable for others to borrow.
When the library is closed, you may return reserves to the book return outside the library where you borrowed them. However, if an item is large or fragile, please return it to the library service desk if possible.