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 at the Info Desk on Floor L1. Library staff retrieve items upon request, arranged in class number order. Please provide Desk staff with your course number (e.g., LAW A 507) when asking for course reserves.

Finding Course Reserves in the Catalog

Course Reserves

Search by instructor's name, course number, or course name. Note: The Course Reserves searches all UW libraries, not just the Law Library. If your results seem overwhelming, use the “Refine My Results” facets on the left side of the screen to hone in on the materials for your class.

Checkout Periods

Course Reserve materials check out for 4 hours. Course Reserve items checked out within 4 hours of closing are due when the Library re-opens. For example, a book checked out at 1:01 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon will be due at 8:00 a.m. Friday morning; a book checked out Friday afternoon at 1:01 p.m. will be due Monday at 8:00 a.m. However, to ensure that all law students have access to reserves, we ask that you return your reserves to the shelves before you leave the library at the end of the night. There is information at the Desk about after-hours reserves returns.

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

Ask Library staff to retrieve your Course Reserve book. You may take the book anywhere in Gates Hall during your 4 hour checkout period. When returning the book to the library you must return it to the Info Desk and not to a library book drop. This ensures that we check it in immediately and that you do not get any fines.

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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