The course reserve service is provided to all Fitchburg State faculty and students in on-campus, online learning and extended campus programs. Faculty may place personal, departmental, or library items on Reserve at any time during the semester for use by the students in their course(s).

Physical items such as books, DVDs, special equipment or kits (microscopes, slides, human skeleton, etc.), and photographs may be put on reserve at the circulation desk. 

At the end of the semester, professors will receive the usage statistics for the items they had on reserve.

For questions regarding course reserves, please email

Accessing Course Reserve materials

Reserve items are maintained on the shelving located behind the Circulation Desk. The items are placed under the name of the professor or department that requested they be put on reserve.

To access course reserves, click on the "Course Reserves" tab on the library homepage. Search by professor, course name or title.

Students should present their Fitchburg State One Card at the Circulation Desk in order to check out a Reserve item.

Borrowing periods for Reserve items

Course Reserve items have short borrowing periods. This is to ensure that the items are available for all of the students in the class to be able to use it. The professor who places the item on reserve determines the length of the borrowing period. The borrowing periods are:

  • 2-hour, in-library-use only: These items cannot leave the library and should be renewed if needed longer than 2 hours. 
  • 1-Day: The item may leave the library overnight but is due the next day. 
  • 3-Day: The item may leave the library but is due back on the 3rd day. 
  • 1-Week: The item may leave the library but is due back on the 7th day. 

Due dates are strictly enforced and fines will be assessed for items that returned late. 

Loan Period


Maximum Fine

2 hours

$1/hour per item


$5.00 per item


1 day
3 day
1 week

$5.00/day per item

$15.00 per item


Students with unpaid fines/lost fees on their account will have their borrowing privileges blocked until the account balance has been cleared. The professor may also be notified, in the case of an overdue reserve item.

Students may be limited as to the number of Reserve items they can sign out at one time from the same professor to ensure that all students have a chance to access the material.