Because of the unprecedented disruption of COVID-19 for MIT's academic year, significant changes have been made to the course reserves service to better support the largely online environment. You'll find general information on these changes in the Fall & Spring 2020-21 section of this guide and more detailed information in the Spring 2021- FAQ.
Reserves are materials and resources that professors have identified to use for a class. They can be either print or electronic.
The Q&A below provides an overview about requesting materials for a class. Please see the Scanning and Print tabs for details specific to those formats.
The MIT Libraries typically offer print reserves, as well as scanning services for PDFs from print-only materials. Please note that print reserves are not available for the spring semester 2021
Submit your required textbook and course reserve requests through Faculty Enlight or the Semester Books Submission Form. The information you submit will be sent to the Libraries for course reserves and the Coop for textbook purchases. The information will be available in the Online Course Listing after The Coop and/or Libraries finalize your order.
Please note: The Coop request system will be changing as of the end of 2020. We will update the teaching community when the new system is available
To meet the requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) federal mandates regarding course materials students must purchase, new semester requests need to be submitted prior to pre-registration to meet this federal regulations:
The Libraries process requests as they are received. We encourage you to submit you requests as early as possible to enable the Libraries to fill your request before the semester begins.
Additional items can be put on print reserve anytime after the pre-registration deadline, or during the semester. PDF scans may be requested anytime. Fulfillment of requests may be delayed if received during the start of a semester
Due to copyright restrictions, Materials that exceed Fair Use limits, we will try to purchase an e-version. The item may only be placed on print reserve at the library, If an e-version is not available for Libraries' purchase.
The library cannot scan articles from a course reader for electronic reserves because copyright permissions have already been paid for the articles, which supersedes fair use.
Fair use restrictions prohibit the Libraries from placing "consumables" on reserve, e.g. workbooks.
Books from non-MIT libraries cannot be placed on print reserve. If you would like a book placed on reserve that the library does not own we will order it. Book orders can take up to 6 weeks, so the earlier we get your request, the better. If a book is out of print, the Libraries may not be able to obtain a copy. We will reach out to determine if an alternate edition is acceptable, when this option is available.