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About the Reserve Collection

Reserve Materials

In most cases, reserve materials are to be used within the Library for a period of 2 hours. When more than 1 copy of a book is on reserve, the extra copies can be checked out for overnight use but must be reserved in advance.

Books can be reserved for overnight use up to 6 days in advance, and reservations must be made between 8am and 9:30pm Monday through Friday. Reservations cannot be made on weekends.

Reserve materials cannot be renewed.

Certain reserve books are now available electronically. Browse our eBook collection or search SUNYOptSearch to find a particular eBook.

Books that have been reserved for overnight use may be picked up and must be returned according to the following schedule.


Return By

Monday after 4pm Tuesday by 12 noon
Tuesday after 4pm Wednesday by 12 noon
Wednesday after 4pm Thursday by 12 noon
Thursday after 4pm Friday by 12 noon
Friday after 3pm Monday by 12 noon
Saturday (anytime) Monday by 12 noon
Sunday (anytime) Monday by 12 noon

Individuals who have reserved books for overnight use but have NOT picked them up by 6:30pm forfeit their right to the reservation.

Books cannot be reserved for Saturday or Sunday pickup. However, books available for overnight loan that have not been taken may be checked out on Saturdays and/or Sundays, but must be returned by Monday at 12 noon.

Please note that due dates cannot be waived for inclement weather or personal circumstances.

Copy 1 of any book cannot be taken from the Library for any reason. 

Fines and Fees

Any item lost by a borrower, whether faculty, staff or student, will incur the cost to the Library of replacing the item, plus a $25 processing fee. In the case of items that are no longer printed or published, the replacement will be an item as equivalent as possible in content and available through standard ordering procedures of the Library.

All fines must be paid by the end of the semester in which they are incurred. Students with outstanding fines will not be permitted to borrow materials until fines have been paid.


Professional and
Graduate Students

In-Library Reserves $2.00 per hour
Overnight Reserves $1.00 per hour