Finding Course Materials on Reserves

Records for all course reserves for the many University Library departmental libraries (including print reserve materials, electronic reserves, and any media items) are in the Library Online Catalog via its Course Reserves module and is the only way to locate these items.

How to locate Reserves

Go to the UIUC Library Online Catalog,  and click Course R eserves. Select either the appropriate Instructor or Course from the drop down menu(s).   Then click Search to retrieve a list of reserved titles with course instructor's name for that course.  Click on the title to see the title record for more details, including the location. Access electronic reserves directly via the link available from the UIUC Online Library Catalog record.  If you need help with the UIUC Online Library Catalog, contact a library staff member.

Print Reserves

Books, booklets, and course packs placed in Course Reserves for the Schools of Integrative Biology (SIB) and Molecular & Cellular Biology (SMCB) and selected other courses are shelved at the Funk ACES Library, Chemistry Library, or Undergraduate Library. Check the library catalog for each item's location. Every borrower must show a valid I-card.

Print items are checked out for two hours.  Note:  Be sure to get these items returned on time. Fines for over due reserves mount quickly.

Electronic Reserves

Articles, book chapters, lecture notes, exams, reserves lists, and other select photocopied items are processed as electronic reserves.  To access electronic reserves, search the UIUC Online Library CatalogClick on Course Reserves.  Select course number or instructor name from appropriate drop box. Click on desired record from the list.  Click E-Items  link on the item record.  Click link of desired title.  Click View the Reserve Item.  The .pdf version will open.  Read the Copyright restrictions information.

Note :   You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open .pdf files.  All library computers have this loaded.  To obtain free software for your personal computer, go to Adobe Reader to download. 

E-reserves can be printed either inside or outside of the library.  LibPrint is the Library’s public-printing system.  If printed within the UIUC library system, black-and-white printouts are 10 cents a page.  (See Public Printing FAQ for information about color printing available at Undergraduate Library which you can print to from any Library unit.) 

Students, faculty, or staff can charge printouts to their University Account.  When paying cash, printouts will need to be picked up and payments may be made at the Undergraduate Library Circulation desk.


If you need help, just Ask-A-Librarian or contact the Biology Librarian.

To place items on reserve for a class you are teaching, see Placing Course Materials on Reserve.


Contact the Biosciences Librarian:
Kelli Trei
(217) 244-2503