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What are Reserve Materials?

Course reserve items are required or recommended books, cds, or films shared by all members of a class. Reserves items are located at the service desk on the main level of the library and have short loan periods to ensure that all students have equal access. Some textbooks, purchased by Macalester College Student Government (MCSG), are also on reserve. See below for more information about that program.

All faculty, staff and students with a valid, bar-coded ID may check out reserve material. Read more about policies related to number of reserve items you may check out, renewals, overdue fines etc. on our Reserve Policy page.

MCSG Textbooks on Reserve


In collaboration with Macalester College Student Government (MCSG) the library maintains a textbook reserve program which offers limited copies of select textbooks for short term checkout. All textbooks are chosen and purchased by MCSG’s Academic Affairs committee with additional titles purchased twice per year. This highly popular program is just one of the ways students and the library are working to off-set the high cost of textbooks. See search box above to check what books are on reserve for your courses.

For more information about the MCSG Academic Affairs Committee’s Textbook Reserve Program, please visit their website.

Questions About Course Reserves?

Email Connie Karlen at or call 651.696.6545

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