Reserves Instructions for Students

What are Reserves?

  • The University of Houston Libraries Reserves collection is comprised of course-related materials and high-use items that support the University's academic programs.
  • When possible, the Libraries will provide reserve items in an electronic format. Those items that cannot be made available electronically are available for use in the library. 
  • The Libraries do not charge for reserve use. Authorized users may check out reserves materials from their library's Service Desk. Electronic materials can be viewed through Blackboard. 

How do I find Reserves items?

  • In Blackboard: 
    • Click on "Tools" from the left-hand menu
    • Click on "Course Reserves." The UH Ares Course Reserves module will open. 
    • If no items are listed in the course, then your instructor has not added anything to reserves. 
  • Reserve Locations in Library Catalog:
    AN = M.D. Anderson Library, Service Desk, 1st floor Gold wing
    MU = Music Library
    OP = Optometry Library
    AR = Architecture and Art Library

How do I check out Reserves items?

  • You will need your University of Houston ID card (Cougar 1 Card) to check out reserve materials.
  • Ask at the Service Desk for the desired item. Please have the item title, course number, and instructor's name. 
  • Most reserves items check out for 2 hours, and may only be used in the library. These materials have an overdue fine of $1.00 per hour. 
  • Scanners and photocopiers are nearby for your use. Please observe copyright law when making copies or scans of reserves items. 
  • For items that can be taken out of the library, loan periods range from two days to three weeks. These materials have an overdue fine of $3.00 per day. 
  • There are no renewals on reserve items.

What if I have questions about Reserves?
For Reserves located at  Anderson library, please call the Service Desk, (713) 743-9710, or contact the Reserves Manager at (713) 743-9730, or by e-mail:

For Reserve materials located at the subject libraries, please contact the appropriate location:
Music Library (713) 743-3197
Optometry Library (713) 743-1910
Architecture and Art Library (713) 743-2340