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Welcome to the Veterinary Medicine Library: Course Reserves

A general "How to" guide for using the VetMed library.

Finding Course Reserves

Most required and recommended textbooks for CVM courses are on reserve in the Vet Med Library. You can search within the library catalog for course reserve materials (print and electronic) by course number or instructor's name. Veterinary Medicine Safety Issues and Veterinary Medicine Board Exam Prep Books are also listed within the Instructor or Course menus.

Reserve books are at the beginning of the first set of shelves closest to the library's front door. Reserve books can only be checked out for 3 days. For more information, see the CVM Course Reserves Guide.

Course Reserve FAQs

What are Course Reserves?

Course reserves are materials for a course -- both print and audio/visual -- that a professor sets aside at a library on campus for their students. Most often it's a required textbook, but they can also include other helpful books, class notes, and more

​Where are the Course Reserves? How are they organized? 

The course reserves at Vet Med are on the first set of shelves, before the regular collection starts. They are organized by call number. 

Note: most UIUC libraries have reserves for some courses, so your professor may have put the reserve items for your class at any one of several libraries, not just the Vet Med Library.

How do I know which items are for my class?

Each item will have green circle dots on the spine with the course number written on it. 

How long may I check out Course Reserves?

All course reserves in the Veterinary Medicine Library may be checked out for three days. This shorter time period allows more students access to the item.

Who do I contact if I have a question or a problem with course reserves?

Please contact Erin (