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The Library provides reserves support for all HLS courses.

Placing Items on Course Reserves

To access Reserve Readings for a course using Canvas, use the Reserves List link in the left navigation. To manage the reserve readings for the course, use the Manage Reserves List link to the top right, which will open the Reserves List tool in a new tab. For technical assistance using the Library Reserve Reading List Tool, please contact the Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Group.

Placing Non-Standard Items on Course Reserves

Some items, particularly items not cataloged in HOLLIS such as photocopies, sample exams, etc., cannot be put on reserve using the Library Reserve Reading List Tool. For such non-standard items, please use this form. Please contact Ashley Pierce, 617-495-4565, if you are uncertain whether the items in question can be placed on reserve or have questions about using the form.

Course Reserves Guidelines

The following items may be placed on course reserve:

  • HLS Library Materials: All HLS Library print materials may be placed on reserve except case reporters, periodicals, looseleaf materials, and materials from the Reference collection. If the Library does not own the item, and it is considered a necessary part of coursework, items may be considered for purchase.
  • Personal Copies of Books, Journals or Other Media: Faculty may place personal copies of books, textbooks, videos, or periodicals on course reserve; however, the Library cannot guarantee the safety of these items (either by loss or mutilation).
  • Course Syllabi, Lecture Notes, Exams, Readings: Faculty may place copies of their course syllabus, lecture notes, sample exams, model answers or other course readings on reserve. However, we strongly encourage that these items instead be placed on course websites in electronic format for more convenient student access. If you are in need of scanning services for this purpose, please contact Ashley Pierce, 617-495-4565.

The following items may not be placed on course reserve:

  • Materials owned by other Harvard Libraries
  • Interlibrary loan materials
  • Case reporters
  • Reference books
  • Bound journals or single issues of periodicals
  • Microfilm
  • Looseleaf materials

Please Note:

  • It is best to submit course reserve requests several weeks before the beginning of each semester. Lists are processed in order by date of receipt.
  • Please keep in mind that all items will not be immediately available for use in the reserves collection. It may take several weeks to receive books that must be ordered or recalled from patrons. For items readily available in the collection, please allow 3-5 working days processing time during peak reserve season.
  • Materials may be added throughout the semester.
  • At the end of the semester, materials will automatically be removed from course reserve. Library items will return to the collection and personal copies will be returned to the instructor’s delivery address or discarded. A new request must be submitted each time a course is offered.

Contact Information

Please direct all faculty course reserves questions or concerns to:

Ashley Pierce
Document Delivery and Faculty Reserves Assistant
Harvard Law School Library
Langdell 262