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Faculty Course Reserves Overview


Syracuse University Libraries Course Reserves provides restricted access to materials that have been designated by faculty as required reading for specific courses. Books and other physical items such as videos are made available by reserve staff. We accept course reserve requests through Ares, our online Reserves System. Physical reserve items are made available at the service desks of Bird Library, the Carnegie Library, and the Architecture Reading Room.

Course Reserves

  • To submit reserve requests you will need to log into Ares.
  • For help, follow the steps indicated in Course Reserves Submission.
  • Requests for reserves for any given semester may be submitted several weeks prior to the start of the semester. Requests are generally processed in the order received, and typically are completed within 1-2 days, unless the item needs to be recalled or purchased.
  • Reserve loan periods include two hour, overnight, and three day. Videos and CDs have 3 hour check outs. We recommend a two hour loan period for most books.
  • For more information, email

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Instructors will be notified by email when we have processed and completed the reserves requests.
  • Students may check on reserve items by going into the Classic Catalog and viewing the course reserves from the catalog's "course reserve tab."
  • Instructors (Faculty) and their designated TA/GA/administrative assistant (proxy user) may add items to the class reserve list.
    • Instructors may add TAs/GSs/ administrative assistants to your course by logging into and adding the TA/GA/ administrative assistant as a "Full Proxy User" under "Instructor Tools." Once added, this person will be able to submit requests to your courses on your behalf. Library staff may also place materials on reserve or activate the course for the instructor. See the Step by Step guide for more information about this process.
  • See Adding Academic Content to Blackboard Courses: A Guide for Faculty for more information on how to add course content to Blackboard on your own.


Please note this overview only applies to Syracuse University Libraries Reserves. For other reserve policies contact:

  • Syracuse University College of Law Library 315-443-9560
  • F. Franklin Moon Library (ESF) 315-470-6711
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