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Welcome to Course Reserves/E-Reserves

Reserve Information - Students

Reserve Instructions - Students

Accessing E-Reserves

Print Course Reserves

Overdue Reserve Materials

Reserves Desk Hours

Accessing E-Reserves

Electronic Reserve materials can be accessed electronically, on or off campus via oneSearch and/or E-Reserve:

Course Reserve via oneSearch

  1. In the search box, search by book title, code name, course code, course number or instructor name.
  2. Course reserve item record will display within the result list. Electronic items will display "available online" option and print items will display available at "York Library" or "see all versions"
  3. Users can retrieve print materials at the circulation/Reserve desk.  Please monitor the library's homepage for information on library hours and accessibility.

Click on E-Reserve

  1. From the pull-down menus, select Instructor.  Find instructor’s last name on the list below.
  2. Click on instructor's name.
  3. Select your course number.
  4. If a copyright agreement box appears, type your course specific password* with no spaces and caps.
  5. Then click Go.
  6. Select appropriate folder.
  7. Select title of work needed.
  8. When books and other materials are not available electronically, a link on the E-Reserves page will lead users to oneSearch. 

*Please note: If you cannot locate your reading materials, please research out to your instructor to find out if the course as materials on library reserve collection.


What technology is required for access?

  • A connection to the Internet.
  • A current web browser (IE 7.0 or later).
  • A copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your system, with the proper plug-in enabled for your web browser.
  • For remote access, you must have a CUNY login credentials.  This is the same login as your CUNYFIRST account. If you are unable to access your account, contact IT helpdesk at or 718-262-2311

If you are having difficulty with the system, you can contact library staff at 718-262-2033 or

Questions or concerns may also be directed to:
Scott Scheidlower, Head of Access Services Phone: 718-262-2017


Print Course Reserves

Physical reserves (e.g. books, DVDs) are not currently available. Physical materials need to be quarantined for 4 days before reuse, which prevents recirculation needed for print reserves.

Finding and Borrowing Course Reserve Materials

To borrow Course Reserve or other items from the Circulation/Reserve Desk, users must have a CUNY ID with a current validation sticker or stamp. Users must also know the Title of the item they wish to borrow. In addition,   

  • A majority of reserve books and materials may be borrowed for two (2) hours and are restricted to use in the Library.
  • A small number of reserve books and materials may be borrowed for three (3) days, but may be borrowed only once per week with a three-day break between loan periods.
  • Only York College students, staff, and faculty may borrow personal copies that instructors have placed on reserve in the York College Library.

Finding and Borrowing Other Reserve Materials

Non course reserve items, or reserve items that are property of the library rather than of an instructor, may be searched through oneSearch in the Library's online catalog. These include library books, videos and CDs. This material may be searched by title, author or keyword.

Overdue Reserve Materials

  • For two (2) hour loans: overdue charge is 10 cents per minute, which is equal to $6.00 per hour. Please note: the fine for removing two-hour loan period reserve material from the Library is $40.00.
  • For three (3) day loans: overdue charge is $20.00 per day; after three days, the charge is $60 plus the cost of the book.

Bills for overdue fines may be obtained at the Circulation Desk. Fines are payable only to the College's Bursar Office. Reserve delinquencies may result in the suspension of borrowing privileges. A library stop will be placed on a student's record with the Registrar once a bill is generated for unreturned reserve materials. The library block will remain in place until the material(s) is returned, the overdue fine is settled or the replacement charges (for lost items) are paid.

Fines for overdue laptops are $15 per hour and and $.25 per minute period.

Reserves Desk Hours

The Circulation/Reserve Desk follow the hours of the library. All reserve material must be returned to the circulation/reserve desk 15minutes before the library closes.


The tabs at the top of the page will provide you with additional information about using E-Reserves effectively and efficiently.

If you need additional help, you can contact:

York College Library Circulation Desk, 718-262-2033 or