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Course Reserves

Course Reserves

Some instructors place textbooks and other materials on reserve for students to use in the library. These items are located at the library’s Circulation (Checkout) Desk. Students need their NOVA ID to check reserve items out. Most reserve items are for IN LIBRARY USE ONLY. Some items are available for short-term lending (one, three or seven days). 

How can I find out if my textbook is available in Course Reserves?

Search our Course Reserve System.

Why isn’t my textbook available on reserve?

The library does not have textbooks for all NOVA classes. Reserve items are supplied or donated by instructors and academic departments. If your textbook is not currently offered, please talk with your instructor. Please note: Textbooks are often unique to each campus, which means that Alexandria textbooks would not be available at other NOVA campus libraries. 

Loan Policy and Fines

  • A NOVA ID card is required to borrow any course reserve item(s). 
  • Course reserves cannot be renewed.
  • There is a $4 per hour/day fine for overdue reserve items (as applies). Please check with your campus library to determine if there is a time restriction on In Library Use Only items.