Course Reserves

Course reserves are books and DVDs used to supplement a course. These materials are made available to borrow from the library. Books can be borrowed for two hours and DVDs can be borrowed for four hours. All materials remain on reserve for the duration of the semester.

Reserve Requests should be submitted for a course one month prior to the semester in order to be ready for the start of the course.
See the following due dates for the 2021/2022 academic year:

Fall: August 9th                JanPlan: November 29th              Spring: January 10th

Requests received after these dates will be processed in order of receipt.


There are three types of materials that can be added to course reserve: 

Colby Owned Materials

To add materials, complete the Reserves Request Form

  • Not available: Bates, Bowdoin, MaineCat and ILL materials cannot go on reserve.

  • Only the Libraries materials can go on reserve. 

  • The materials will be pulled from the stacks by Libraries staff. 

Personal Copies

Deliver personal copies to the library that will house the course reserves. If you will not be completing the Reserves Request Form, please complete the Personal Copies for Reserve form.

  • Personal copies will be labeled and barcoded to be borrowed as a reserve. These adhesive materials are often permanently affixed to the item.

  • The Libraries are not responsible for damage, theft, or wear on personal copies.

  • Personal copies need to be picked up by the end of final exams.

New Materials

To order materials not currently in the Colby collection, complete the Request a Purchase Form.

  • In the additional comments section of the form, add the "course number - rush for reserve" (ex. ME207 - rush for reserve).

  • Allow time for processing (4-5 weeks).

  • The Libraries will not purchase textbooks or course packs. 

Please contact the Libraries’ Public Services at with any questions.

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