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Course Reserves for Students

The Drexel University Libraries’ Course Reserves Service allows instructors to set aside books, films or sound recordings for class use, or to make articles or book excerpts available electronically through Blackboard Learn.

Professors usually indicate if materials are available via course reserves in the syllabus. Not all instructors utilize the course reserves, and please check your syllabus for each class.

At this time, our system does not allow us to search the reserves by course or professor, only by title or information about the book. If you do not know the title of the book, you can look up your textbooks by course through the Drexel Bookstore. Once you have the title of the item, you can search for it through DragonSearch, the Libraries' online discovery search tool.

For questions or more information about course reserves, email

Borrow Physical Reserve Items

If your professor has placed a physical item on reserve, you may borrow that item by visiting the Service Desk at the appropriate Drexel Libraries location. Here are a few things you can do to make the process easier:

  • Check with your instructor to find out where the physical book is located.
  • Prepare any information you might need before visiting the Libraries (course number, student ID).
  • Manage your time wisely. In most cases, a physical item can only be checked out for 3 hours or overnight.