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Mathematics & Statistics Library

Course reserves

The Math & Statistics Library provides course reserve services for the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics. Course reserves are items which are in high demand for a particular course. The library places print reserves behind the circulation desk at the request of the instructor, and they have short circulation periods.

Course reserve information for students

Checking out reserve materials

Consult the Searchworks reserves catalog to identify items on reserve for your class. You can look up reserve titles by course number or instructor name. Request the items at the circulation desk by call number, and present your current Stanford ID to borrow materials. Math & Statistics Library course reserve materials circulate for various loan periods (two hours to three days) as determined by the instructor. Hourly reserve items may be checked out overnight before the library closes and must be returned within the first hour after opening the following day. To ensure the prompt check in of reserve materials from your record, please return these items by handing them to a staff member at the library's circulation desk. Do not return reserve materials to the outside bookdrop unless the library is closed.


Because ready and equal access to reserve materials is critical to the academic enterprise, stiff fines are assessed for items recalled for use as reserves and for reserve items kept beyond their loan period. Help keep reserve items available for your colleagues by returning them on schedule.

Course reserve information for faculty

Before each quarter, a letter calling for reserve items is sent to faculty. To ensure that materials will be available for your students, please submit reserve requests at least four weeks in advance of your first class meeting as some items may need to be ordered or recalled from current borrowers. We will accept reserve requests at any time before or during the quarter, but please allow us time to process items before announcing to your students that they are available.

The Math & Statistics Library will house reserve materials for classes taught in Math and Statistics. You may also opt to select another location for reserve materials. For example, the majority of classes with course numbers lower than 100 are generally housed in Green Library.

If you are submitting personal copies, please attach a note with your name and campus address so that they may be returned at the end of the quarter.

If you are submitting print journal articles, submit no more than three copies. All material on reserve must comply with US Copyright Law. You may need to obtain copyright clearance for photocopies before we can place them on reserve for you. The library has subscribed to a number of online journals. You may be able to link directly to an article online from your reading list. Links to electronic copies of articles also can be included in your CourseWork sites.

You may also request that other Internet resources be placed on course reserve. By placing Internet resources on course reserve, your students will be able to search in the Reserves Catalog or SearchWorks by course name or instructor and pull up a complete list of library resources, print and electronic, available for the course.

Please note:

  • The same reserves list may be reused in future quarters. Just pull up the previous list, edit if desired, and click send. No need to retype the same titles again every year.
  • You can use this same form for submitting reserves for all the University Libraries.
  • Only the instructor (per the Registrar's course data information) may create the initial reserves request. Once logged into the new form, the instructor may immediately add the SUNET IDs of others to populate the reserves request form. Again, only the instructor's SUNET ID is initially authorized to create the reserves request form. For further instructions on adding participants to CourseWork sites, see the CourseWork Quick Start Guide.

Submit your course reserves using the Stanford University Libraries Course Reserves Request form (preferred), or send email to If using the form, be aware that the default loan period for reserve items is 2 hours, but other loan periods can be selected. If submitting your request via email, please include the following information:

  • Department/course number
  • Instructor's University ID number (e.g., 000184035)
  • Instructor's full name
  • Office room number
  • Office phone number
  • Contact person, if different from the instructor
  • Estimated enrollment
  • Author
  • Title
  • Year or edition
  • Call number (if known)
  • Number of copies
  • Loan period: Please choose from the following options: two hours, four hours, one day, two days, three days

For more information about course reserves, please visit the Green Library Course reserves page. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Shen at 724-3535.