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Course Reserves

Exterior view of the Stuckeman Family Building, home of the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library. July 2014.

All Course Reserve lists are made available on line by going to the Libraries Course Reserves Database.

Books, articles, and other materials, either from the library collection or the instructor's personal copies, may be placed on reserve by faculty or the teaching assistant. The course reserve service is available for courses in architecture, landscape architecture, and other related courses.

There are four ways to place materials on reserve:

Open Reserves:

These books are shelved in a separate section out on the main floor in call number order. The books do not need to be checked out to use them in the library. The material may be borrowed for two hours or overnight by coming in two hours before the library closes.

Closed Reserves:

Books placed on Closed Reserve are kept behind our circulation desk. Students cannot browse these shelves but they can check them out for two hours or overnight. If you place your own personal copies of books in the library for your students to use, they must be placed on Closed Reserve.

When placing books on reserve, please indicate whether you prefer the books be placed on Open or Closed Reserve.

Electronic Reserves:

These are course resources that are accessible online and can be linked to an ANGEL coursepage.

Various types of course related materials can be placed on Electronic Reserve, including:
• Book Selections
• E-Books
• Course Syllabi
• Reading Lists
• Lecture Notes
• Sample Student Assignments
• Pre-publication articles
• Journal Articles
• Full-text Articles
• External Webpages/Documents that are freely available (i.e. does not require payment or registration)

To place items on electronic reserve please go to the Course Reserves Services page or contact the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library for further information or for assistance at 865-3614 or email


Streaming video resources are available through the University Libraries and can be placed on Electronic Reserve. For more information please visit the Video Resources communication guide. 

Faculty and staff who wish to reserve physical videos from the library for use on specific dates can submit requests using the Request Videos for In-Class Viewing form.

DVDs, videocassettes and films can be requested by Penn State University students, faculty members, and staff members by using the "I Want It" button in the library's catalog.


This page and the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library's course reserves are coordinated by Sarah (Harkleroad) Billman. For further information or for assistance, please contact her at 865-3614 or by email at