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Course Reserves: Finding & Using Course Reserves

Finding and using materials placed on reserve for specific courses, or permanent reserves such as Style Guides and Exam Preparation.

About Course Reserves

Course Reserves are materials that have been selected by your professors and made available to you through the University Libraries.  Materials on reserve may include:

  • Copies of your textbook
  • Textbook study guides
  • Practice exams
  • Supplemental readings (articles, book chapters, etc.)
  • Films
  • Style manuals

Some materials are available through our website in electronic format. Other materials such as books and DVDs can be checked out at the circulation desk at Carlson Library or the Access Services desk at Mulford Library for short loan periods.

Additional materials may be available for online and web-assisted courses and should be accessed from your Online course page.

UToledo Library Reserves Search

Using the search box below, you can search by either the course instructor's last name, or by the course number (for example, CHEM 1230 or Chemistry 1230). We recommend searching by course number first, as the library does purchase some materials and place them on reserve for a specific course, but not for a specific instructor.


When you click on the instructor name or course number, you will see a list of available materials.

  • To access items in electronic format, click on the title and you will be prompted for your name and Rocket number. Items in electronic format will say “Click on Title for ELECTRONIC COPY” in the format column.
  • Other materials(ex: books, DVDs) are available from the circulation desk for limited check out times (set by instructor).

If you cannot find items on course reserve for your course, we recommend checking our library catalog to see if the item is available in another one of our libraries' collections. If you are unable to find the item in our catalog, you may also use our Purchase Suggestions webform to request the purchase of the item for our course reserve collection. Please note that, due to budgetary restrictions, we may not be able to purchase all items that are suggested.

Electronic and Print Reserves

Electronic Materials

Electronic materials may include:

  • Book chapters
  • Articles
  • Practice exams

Items placed on electronic reserve can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

For best results, use the printer icon in the Adobe Acrobat toolbar, NOT your browser's toolbar or using File > Print ... otherwise, you may only get a blank page!

Scanned images can be large files, so please be patient as your PDF downloads.

Print & Audiovisual Materials

Some items are available in print format only and must be obtained from the circulation or service desk at Carlson or Mulford Library. These may include:

  • Books
  • DVDs
  • CDs

Materials on reserve can only be checked out for a limited time period, which is set by the course instructor.  Typical time periods are 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, 3 days or a week. Items that have time periods of 1 hour, 2 hours, or 3 hours must be used in the library and may not leave the building.

Fines for overdue reserve materials are $1.00 per item per hour for hourly reserves; $1.00 per item per day for daily reserves.

Permanent Reserves

Some items are placed on permanent reserve to allow access for limited time periods to popular items.

Need help?

If you need additional help finding or using items on Reserve, you can call the contact numbers listed on this page.

Contact Information

If you need immediate assistance with a reserve item, call the Carlson Library Circulation desk at (419) 530-2323 or the Mulford Access Services Desk at (419) 383-4225.

For information regarding reserve materials at Carlson Library or Mulford Library, contact Jennifer Babcock, (419) 530-8531,

For information regarding reserve materials at the LaValley Law Library, contact (419) 530-2733.