Course Reserves

The library collects copies of most books required by School of Law Courses, along with copies and other items that School of Law faculty make available for students in their classes. These items are housed on the lower shelves along the side of the balcony on L1 near the Info Desk. Books are arranged in course number order. Find your book and use the self-checkout stations at the Info Desk to borrow it for up to four hours.

Finding Course Reserves


E-Reserves are linked to in every UW Law Canvas course page on the left side using the "Law Library Reserves" link. Use the Law Library's E-Reserves system to find your required textbooks by course number, subject, or instructor. E-Reserves records will link you into the library catalog, which is where you can view an item's current availability for checkout or when it is expected to be due back.

Checkout Periods

Course Reserve materials check out for 4 hours, even overnight.

Check out at the Info Desk, Return to the Info Desk

Use the self-checkout kiosks at the Information Desk to check out your reserve item. When you are finished with your checkout, please check your item back in to make sure you do not get fined. Reshelve the Course Reserve book that you just checked back in on the same shelves where you found it. Course Reserve items are library use-only.

No Holds, Renewals, or Back to Back Checkouts

You cannot place a Course Reserve item on hold. You cannot renew a Course Reserve book. After returning an item loaned to you from the Course Reserve collection, you must wait thirty minutes until you can check it out again. This gives other waiting students the opportunity to use the text.


Course Reserve items will have a fine of $2.50 per hour overdue up to 11 hours overdue, at which time you will be charged both the $25 maximum fine and an additional $30 Lost Item fee. Neither of these charges are refundable so turn in your Course Reserve items on time! In addition, any Course Reserve item that is "lost" (more than 11 hours overdue) will also bill automatically at $150. This lost item amount is removed after you return the book to the library.

Paying Your Fines

You can only pay your fines online. Failure to pay your fines will eventually result in your library account getting blocked.

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