Course Reserves

Course reserves are materials (including books, AV materials, instructional equipment, and non-book items) chosen by faculty to support class instruction. The materials are held at one of the two library service desks and access to the material is restricted to loan periods from 2-4 hours. All materials remain on reserve for the duration of the semester.

Reserve Requests should be submitted by the following dates in order to be ready for the start of the semester.

Fall: August 22, 2022                JanPlan: November 28, 2022              Spring: January 9, 2023

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

Please note that "Request a Purchase" items and checked out items that need to be recalled may not be ready for the first day of class.


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

Colby Owned Materials

To add materials, complete the Reserves Request Form.

  • Only Colby owned materials can be placed on reserve. 

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

  • Bates, Bowdoin, MaineCat and ILL materials cannot be placed on reserve.

Personal Copies

To add personal copies to your course reserves, complete the Reserves Request Form.

  • To facilitate the loan of personal materials, a label and barcode will be added to all personal copies. The adhesive from these labels may be difficult to remove.

  • 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

Before requesting a purchase we kindly request that you check our online catalog here to see if we already own the item. There is typically a four-week turnaround period for readily available print material. 

Materials that are not readily available may take longer to acquire. If this is the case you will be contacted by someone from our Collections Management team. 

All material submitted via Request  A Purchase will be purchased unless otherwise contacted by someone from our Collections Management team. You can verify that your order has been placed by searching our online catalog here

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

  • In the “Faculty: Is this item for reserve?” section of the form, check the “yes” box and then add the course number and term (e.g., EN 115, Fall '23)

  • Allow time for processing (a four-week turnaround period is guaranteed for readily available print material; materials that are not readily available may take longer to acquire).

  • The Libraries will not purchase textbooks or course packs. 

  • If you request an ebook (versus paper) and it is not available in a multi-user license, or if it is only available at an astronomical cost, the libraries will be in touch about arranging alternative options.

  • If a streaming film is requested and we do not own a DVD of the film, we will make every attempt to purchase the film, but may not be successful particularly with international or brand new titlesPlease always let us know when your screening date is planned so that we can communicate clearly and provide you with enough time to make alternate plans if necessary (we hope to never resort to this!).

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

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