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The Library Reserves program is designed to support teaching and learning at Yeshiva University. Reserves are readings and other materials that faculty members and instructors wish to make available to their students, either in hardcopy or electronically. These may include required / suggested readings, or supplemental materials such as media, study guides, old exams, etc.

Electronic Reserves

Library staff will establish a course page for you in our e-reserves system, which will provide students with secure access to digital materials, such as journal articles, book chapters, etc.

A password will be assigned for your e-reserves course page and e-mailed to you. Please tell students the password on the first day of class. The e-reserves course page will be removed from the online system two weeks following the end of the semester. **

The course page may feature:

  • Links to full-text materials that are available through the library's subscription databases
  • Links to library owned or subscribed e-books
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • A link to a listing of the physical reserves for that course.

** If students completing the coursework will require access beyond two weeks past the end of the semester, please contact

Physical Reserves

In order to provide access for an entire class to required materials, library staff will place hardcopy resources at the library Reserve Desk at your campus, and allow controlled circulation of these items. *

Physical reserves may include:

  • Books or physical media (videos or CDs)
  • Materials owned by the YU Libraries and pulled from regular circulation for the duration of the current semester
  • Materials owned by the faculty member or instructor

* Students can borrow these items for in-library use for a 2-hour loan period, or overnight if they make their request within ½ hour of Reserve Desk closing time.

Submission Guidelines:

Requests should include submission of your syllabus or reading list with the following information:

  • Your name
  • The e-mail address to which we should send the e-reserves password
  • Course name and number
  • Complete and accurate bibliographic citations for the reserve materials
  • The dates or order of the reading assignments - This will enable us to prioritize and help ensure that students will have the readings in time.
  • If you know that a particular item is online, please send us a URL, if possible.
  • Submission of photocopies or electronic PDFs for articles and chapters not otherwise available online may help expedite processing.

Kindly submit your completed requests to the appropriate librarian as soon as possible.

  • Beren Campus: Edith Lubetski, Librarian,
  • Wilf Campus, Hebraica/Judaica courses: Moshe Schapiro, Librarian,
  • Wilf Campus, excluding Hebraica/Judaica courses: John Moryl, Librarian,

Reserve lists will be processed on a first-come first-served basis. Submission several weeks in advance of the semester not only help ensure that materials will be available when students need them, they are also greatly appreciated by our limited staff. Requests received in the “crunch time” two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester will experience significantly longer processing times. Items not owned by the libraries will be ordered and processed, and may require additional lead time.


YU Libraries are mindful of the privileges and restrictions related to use of copyrighted materials in an educational context, and follow the Association of Research Libraries' Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. On occasion, copyright restrictions prevent us from including some material in the Electronic Reserves system. Such material will be made available in hard copy at the Reserve Desk.

If you have any questions about Library Reserves, please contact