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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find course reserves/textbooks?

Course reserves refer to textbooks and other materials placed on reserve at the library by a professor for a particular class. Students with a valid DolphinCard or CUNY ID may borrow reserve items to use inside the library for a two-hour period. Reserve items are non-circulating, which means they cannot be taken out of the library. To borrow a reserve item, bring the call number of the item to the Circulation Desk. To find the call number of a reserve item, use the Textbook search below (or on our homepage), or ask a librarian at the reference desk on the 1st floor of the library for help.


Search our Reserves collection for textbooks and assigned course materials:


Faculty and students may request that materials used in their courses be placed on Course Reserves and restricted to in library use to ensure that all students have access to these resources. Please use the Course Reserves Request Form below to place a textbook request. Faculty are encouraged to place materials on Reserve at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Items requested to be placed on Reserve may take up to two weeks to be processed from the time of request.

Since the library purchases textbooks from the CSI College bookstore, the bookstore will need to be contacted in addition to the Library. Not having the textbook at the bookstore will delay processing for Course Reserves.