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Reserve Collections



Many faculty members put books, journal articles, and other materials that are required or recommended reading on Reserve in the libraries either in print or electronic format. In the Health Sciences Libraries, a core collection of basic text books and other key materials are also kept on Reserve.

For books, DVDs, videos, and other print Reserves at Hagerty, Hahnemann, and Queen Lane Libraries, the Reserve collections are located at the circulation desks.

Finding Reserve Materials

To find out where an item is on Reserve, use the Course Reserve section in Blackboard Learn under your course. For tips on how to do this: Accessing Reserve Material

Alternatively, for physical books and DVD’s, search the catalog by author or title.

Borrowing Reserve Materials

  • Present a current, valid Drexel University ID card.
  • 3 item limit unless instructor indicates otherwise (Hagerty only).
  • Return all materials to the Reserve Desk (Hagerty) or circulation desk (Health Sciences Libraries).
  • Immediately report the loss of materials; patrons are responsible for all library materials checked out on their cards.
  • Reserves are available all hours that the libraries are open.

Loan Periods

Hourly Reserves

Overnight Reserves Longer Reserves

2 hour in-house use.



Go out after 3 pm

Due back at 10 am the next morning

Items taken out Friday are due back Monday at 10 am

3 or 7 days

Go out any time

Due back by closing on the due date


Circulate for 3 hours.

Faculty personal copies may not leave the library without permission

Go out after 4 pm

Due at 9 am the following morning

Items taken out Friday are due back Monday at 9 am

Not generally applicable

Queen Lane

Circulate for 3 hours.

During exam time, items in high demand will circulate for 2 hours.

Go out after 4 pm

Due back one hour after opening

Friday to Monday overnight check out is not permitted.

Not generally applicable


Reserve Overdue Fines

  • Overdue fines are automatically charged to the patron record.
  • Fines for in-house use items and overnight items are calculated at $1.00 per hour, plus $10.00 if not returned to the same library from which they were borrowed.
  • Note: Borrowing privileges and remote access services are discontinued when fines reach $10.00.


If we don't have a textbook you are looking for on Reserve or in our catalog, you can rent or purchase textbooks from

Using Electronic Reserves

For Electronic Reserves, use the Course Reserve section in Blackboard Learn under your course. An additional password will be provided by the instructor to access streaming media. 

Copyright Policy for Electronic Reserves Materials

The Drexel University Libraries comply with United States copyright law. Materials are made available in accordance with "fair use" as defined in Section 107: Limitations on Exclusive Use: Fair Use (Title 17, U.S. Code). To date there is no consistent, generally agreed upon interpretation of Fair Use in the Electronic Reserve environment. So, following what we believe to be the "best practices," the libraries have adopted the following policies and procedures:

  • The Electronic Reserve System will be limited to the Drexel University community of students, faculty and staff.
  • The following copyright warning appears on each authentication page:

Under certain conditions specified in the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code) libraries and archives may be authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction may not be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research and that only one copy be provided for scholarly purposes unless copyright fees are paid. Further reproduction of paper copies made from this computer system may be in violation of copyright laws.

  • At the end of each course, all items in the Electronic Reserve System will be suppressed from view, unless they do not fall under copyright protection or unless copyright permission has been granted by the publisher.

Note that there are no restrictions on placing articles from the Libraries' electronic book or journal collections on Electronic Reserve.

Copyright notice for Course Reserves

Pursuant to the federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code), it is preemptively unlawful to reproduce, distribute, or publicly display any copyrighted work (or any substantial portion thereof) without the permission of the copyright owner. The statute, however, recognizes a fair use defense that has the effect of excusing an act of copyright infringement. It is the intention of the Library to act within the parameters of the fair use defense in allowing limited posting of copyrighted materials in Electronic Course Reserve areas such as this one. It is the intention of the Library, moreover, that such materials be made available solely for the purposes of private study, scholarship, and research, and that any further reproduction of such materials by students, by printing or downloading, be limited to such purposes. Any further reproduction of copyrighted materials made from this computer system may be in violation of copyright laws and is prohibited.


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