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Course Reserves: Students: Finding and Using Course Reserves

Items that are "reserved" for specific courses for a set period of time.

Search the Course Reserves Collection

Find textbooks and other course readings that are available for short-term use.

Searching by course is preferred, but not required if one of the other search fields is used.

What Are Course Reserves?

Course readings that can be borrowed for several hours or days. Items are placed on reserve at the request of instructors.

Some items are from the library's collection. Some are provided by instructors. There are also e-items.

Where Do I Go?

Items on reserve are available at the Circulation Desk and should be returned to the Circulation Desk.

Can't Get to the Library?

Request to have readings scanned and sent to you(opens new window).


Frequently-Asked Reserves Questions

Why can't I find my textbook?

The library generally does not buy textbooks for its collection – they change often, and we just can't afford to keep up. Many instructors lend their own copies of textbooks to the library to put on reserve for their students to use.

Why can't I access this e-book?

Some e-books are only available for a limited number of simultaneous users. If you try to view an e-book and the e-book service tells you "Sorry, this eBook is in use", or tells you to try again later, or gives you the option to "Place a hold" rather than "Borrow", it means all available copies are currently in use.

If however, you get a message saying that you're not in the database or not in the Leeward user group, please contact Circulation Services so we can update your library account.

For other problems connecting to an e-book service, please see our Database Access Problems troubleshooting guide.

Loan Periods & Overdue Fines

Most course reserve items can be used in the library for 3 hours. Some items can be borrowed for 3 days. You will be told its due date/time when you receive the item. A fine will be charged for items not returned on time.

Overdue Fines

  • 3 Hour Library Use Only – $1/hour, charged at the beginning of each hour overdue
  • 3 Day Loan – $10

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information about Course Reserves, feel free to contact the Circulation Desk at (808) 455-0210,, or with the chat tab on the right edge of the screen.

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