Reserve (Textbooks/Videos/Models)

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Help Reduce Textbook Costs to Students – Put Your Textbook on Reserve!

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Personal or Library owned books, textbooks or other supplementary materials can be placed on Reserve for students to use.  It is important for students (including those in online classes) to have copies of course textbooks available on Reserve for them to use between classes, if they are unable to afford copies or if textbooks are unavailable or in the process of being shipped. Bound coursepacks can be placed on Reserve as long as they were created by a commercial copy center.  Individual photocopied articles cannot be placed on Reserve.

Donate Textbooks to the Library

Media and Reserve Services accepts donations of textbooks to help other students.  Please include the course and instructor information they were used in.

Reserve Circulation Policy

Books and items on Reserve are loaned out for 2-hours, 2-days or 7-days. Items with a 2-hour loan period may not leave the library. Loan periods for Reserve materials are determined by the instructors and departments who place the items on physical Reserve. Only materials owned by instructors or the UWM Libraries may be placed on Reserve. UWM Libraries is unable to place items held by other libraries (with the exception of Waukesha and Washington campuses)  on Reserve.

E-books and e-Journals can be linked directly in your Canvas class page.

Reserve Resources for Instructors

Faculty or departmental copies of books or Media can be dropped off at Media and Reserve Services or sent via campus mail.  Please include the professor’s name and course #.

Reserve Materials Request Form – form to put items on Reserve (Instructors only)
Use this form to put physical titles held by the UWM Libraries on Reserve.

Purchase New Materials for Reserve Request Form
Use this form to make a request for items to be purchased for Reserve.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Textbooks –

Resources for Canvas 


Models on Reserve

There are several Models on Reserve available for 2 hour loan: Including a brain, skull, heart, human torso and an Inorganic/Organic Chemistry kit.

Overdue Fines:

2-hour Reserve items: $.50 per hour

2-day and 7-day items: $1 per day


All questions concerning Reserve materials, policies, or overdue fines should be directed to (414) 229-4673, or e-mail  at



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