Course Reserves

Reserves are required material for courses that have been made available for short-term loans at the request of SLS Faculty and Instructors. At the Law Library, reserves are housed at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

SLS Students

Finding Course Reserves

  • Visit the Course Reserves pages in SearchWorks.
  • Search by Course ID or Instructor name and note the call number.
  • Request the item at the Law Circulation Desk by presenting the call number to staff.

Lists of current course reserves are also available at the Circulation Desk.

If you do not see the reserve you are looking for, your instructor may have linked materials in Canvas.

Permanent Reserves

The Circulation Desk also houses a collection of permanent reserves (short-loan items that are not linked to courses). These are viewable in the SearchWorks Catalog.


Borrowing Policies for Reserves

    • The default loan period for course reserves is two hours. If a reserve is checked out and the library is scheduled to close in less than two hours, the reserve will be due the following day within the first hour that the library reopens. A return bin is located on the second floor if you wish to return the reserve in between operational hours.
    • If a reserve item is checked out, you may visit the Circulation Desk and ask to be placed in the holding queue for that item. When the reserve is available, you will be notified by phone or email. Once notified, you will need to checkout the reserve within fifteen minutes or the hold will be cancelled and the item will be made available to the next patron.
    • When the reserve is available on the shelf, they are checked out on a first-come/first serve basis.
    • Reserves may be renewed in-person if no other patron has requested.
    • Please return borrowed reserves directly to the Circulation Desk. After hours, place items in the overnight bin on the second floor.
Course Reserves books

For SLS Faculty and Instructors

Setting Up Course Reserves

The Law Library reviews course syllabi prior to the start of each quarter and places required material on reserve if copies are available. SLS Faculty and Instructors may request to add or remove reserves throughout the quarter by emailing

Books that must be ordered may take as long as six weeks to be received so it is recommended to make requests in advance of the start of the quarter.

In the event that a library copy cannot be obtained, Faculty and instructors may place personal copies on reserve. Circulation staff will pick up personal copies from offices and process them for reserves or they may be hand-delivered to the Circulation Desk. At the end of each quarter, personal copies are returned to instructors and all other course reserves will return to their home locations.
Please note that the Circulation Desk only manages print reserve items.

Viewing Your Print Course Reserves List(s)

Faculty and Instructors may email to inquire about the status of your reserves.


If you have any questions about course reserves or anything else, please contact us at or call (650) 723-2477 during operating hours.
For further assistance, contact Will Huggins, Access Services Librarian at 650 313-1890.