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 in the Teaming Room. You may scan the pages you need to consult or borrow the physical copy for up to two hours. Use the self-checkout kiosk in the Teaming Room or download the self-checkout app onto your mobile device via your app store to borrow.

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

Textbook List material is automatically placed on course reserves at Law Library. Please use this form to alert library staff about any additional material you need to place on reserve. Please note the following, Law Library does not consult course syllabi in order to determine what should be on reserve.

Viewing Your Print Course Reserves List(s)

Faculty and Instructors may email to inquire about the status of your reserves. Additionally, reserves may be looked up via SearchWorks.


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.