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The Reserve collections provide access to high demand items, such as textbooks, books and DVDs, and eReserve for online resources. All Library branches (with the exception of Hocken Collections) have a Reserve section for physical items.

Students access Reserve via the Reserve search.

Types of Reserve

Below is a list and description of the different types of Reserve available to students.

2 or 3 hour Reserve

Items are issued for either two or three hours.

Seven-day loan books

Seven-day loan books are also part of the Reserve system but these are kept on the open shelves. They may be renewed or, if on loan, recalled. These books are able to leave the library.


eReserve is required for:

  • Scans from print resources
  • Links to electronic subscription journals
  • Printed course readers

How to place items on Reserve

Please email a list of your required readings to

You will need to indicate in your list the length of time the items can be loaned out to students.  The options are:

  • Two hour loan for very high demand material, or
  • Seven-day loan.

Audiovisual (AV) material automatically has a three hour loan period.

Materials on Reserve may either be Library-owned or personal copies of the staff member placing the item on Reserve.  The Library is not responsible for loss or damage to personal copies.  Where possible, the Library will purchase a copy for the collection.

Processing Reserve material may take up to three weeks, so we ask that required readings be sent through as soon as possible.  Please allow time for us to source material not held by the Library; some material may require purchasing from overseas vendors.


Online resources used in teaching are added to eReserve via Blackboard or Moodle. Information about eReserve, including how to add items, can be found at eReserve for teaching staff.

Learn about copyright rules and what you can copy in hard copy and on Blackboard/Moodle

Any queries, please email


Need help? Talk to one of our friendly Library staff.

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