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Course Reserves Information For Students

What are course reserves?

Reserves are course-related materials made available, either electronically or physically, through the UC San Diego Library. Items that may be on reserve for a class include images, audio files, journal articles, videos, book chapters, course readers, etc.

How do I find course reserves?

Log on to the course reserve system and select the class you want to view. Depending on the subject, course reserve materials may be checked out from the Geisel Front Desk, the Media Desk on the first floor of Geisel, or the Biomedical Library Building Front Desk.

What is my AD login?

Your AD login is what you use to access your UCSD email, TritonEd Resources, the protected wifi or VPN, and ACMS computers. The username is usually the first part of your email address before the If you need to reset your password, please visit

How long may I keep a course reserve item?

The majority of course reserve materials are checked out for 3 hours. Some materials reserved for graduate-level courses may be checked out for 24 hours. Overnight checkout is available for 3-hour items, 3 hours before the Front Desk closes. Items checked out overnight are due back 2 hours after the Library opens the following day. We will always tell you exactly what time your item is due. If you forget, you may check your library account online.

Where can I return a course reserve item?

Course reserves must be returned to the desk from which the material was borrowed. After-hours book returns are located next to the Geisel Library’s entrance. During the Geisel Overnight Study Commons open hours, course reserves may also be returned to the Geisel Front Desk book drop.

What are the late fees for course reserves?

As soon as a reserve item is overdue, a $10.00 late fee is assessed. Thereafter, fines increase at a rate of $10.00 per hour. This policy is also posted at the Front Desk.

My course reserve was late due to extenuating circumstances. Can the fine be waived?

You may file a billing appeal online for consideration. Library staff cannot waive fines on the spot.

What are electronic reserves?

Electronic reserves are materials made available online, including e-books, book excerpts, journal articles, audio and image files and non-copyrighted material such as syllabi and lecture notes.

How do I access electronic reserves from off campus?

Find instructions for connecting to the campus network on the Connecting From Off-Campus page. VPN Any Connect (client) is the preferred way. Be sure to select 2-Step Secured-Allthruucsd from the group drop-down while authenticating. Once you are connected, log into the course reserves system. If you need further assistance, contact the ETS Help Desk.

How do I access image reserves?

Faculty can create image groups in the ARTstor Digital Library devoted to sets of study images for a specific class or exam. Your professor may have provided such a link to you. For further information please see the ARTstor guide or contact Laura Schwartz.