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Course Reserves & TIP FAQ: Print reserves

Information about the Libraries' course reserves service and MIT's TIP (Textbook Information Provisioning) service

COVID-19 Reserves Update

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.

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Submit your reserves

Submit course reserve and textbook information via the TIP form or through Faculty Enlight

The Libraries will not offer print reserves services for Fall 2020

Print reserves cannot be made available in an equitable or practical way due to a large percentage of the MIT community learning remotely, and a recommended 96-hour quarantine period for returned materials. The Libraries will provide electronic copies of Reserves materials whenever possible, and library staff are ready to assist you in finding alternatives. More information can be found here.

Print reserves

The library generally does not keep a record of reserve requests for all courses. However, if your reserve request was made over the past couple of semesters, it may be possible to retrieve that information. Please contact the Libraries' Course Reserves Team at for assistance.
Yes, we'll be glad to place personal copies on reserve. When submitting a request through the Semester Books Submission Form, add a note to indicate that you'll be providing a personal copy, and then bring the book to the library service desk that handles reserves for your class. Be sure to write your name and MIT address in the book so that we can get it back to you at the end of the term.
Please contact the Libraries Course Reserves Team at and we will do our best to rectify the situation.
We can order it. Submit your request through the Semester Books Submission Form. Include the title, author, publication year, edition, and if possible, ISBN to help us track down the right book. We'll order it and place it on reserve for your class. Book orders can take up to 6 weeks, so the earlier we get your request, the better.
Yes, we do still need a reserve list from you. Receiving a reserve list allows us to place enough copies of a book on reserve if it is requested for multiple classes. This ensures that readings for your class will be easily accessible to students.