What is Reserve?
How can I contact Reserve?
How can I access books and photocopies that are on Reserve?
How can I access Electronic Reserve items?
How can I access Electronic Reserve items from off campus?
What are the loan periods and late fees/fines?
Reserve is a library service that allows instructors to set aside books, exams, notes and articles for the use of their classes, or make articles and selections from books available online. This reduces student expenses and allows out-of-print or expensive books to be made available.
You may reach us by email  or by phone at (847) 491-7681. Full-time staff are generally available to assist you between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Reserve materials are located in the Main Library on 2 North. Bring the Reserve item's call number to the Reserve Desk and a library assistant will retrieve it for you. Find the call number by looking in the library's catalog NUcat . Above the search box click the Course Reserve tab, then search from pull-down menus by instructor, department and/or course number. A list of titles will be returned and you may return the call number.
Electronic Reserve items may be accessed directly through the web and either read online or printed. Access the library's catalog NUcat . Above the search box click the Course Reserve tab, then search from pull-down menus by instructor (see image above), department and/or course number. A list of titles will be returned. Click on the title you wish to read, then click on the URL to access a PDF version of the document.
Electronic Reserve documents are accessible only to members of the NU community; even current NU community members may be unable to access this material from an off-campus commercial internet service provider (ISP). For NU students who would like to access campus-only information from off campus, however, several direct solutions are available. The easiest and most effective solution is Virtual Private Networking (VPN), which is available in Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows XP.
More information about VPN and off-campus access .
Regular reserve items have highly restricted loan periods and steep overdue fines to insure that the materials are available to all students in a class. Below are the 3 loan periods: professors choose the loan periods for Reserve items.
2 HOUR LOAN PERIOD: 2-hour items circulate for 2 hours and accrue overdue fines at a rate of $1.00 per hour, including overnight hours or other hours the library is closed.
1 DAY LOAN PERIOD: 1-day items are due 15 minutes prior to closing on the day after they were charged. Overdue fines accrue at a rate of $5.00 per day.
3 DAY LOAN PERIOD: 3-day items are due 15 minutes prior to closing on the third day after they were charged. Overdue fines accrue at a rate of $1.50 per day.
In most cases, overdue and fine notices are sent via email. If you have a question about overdue/fine notifications or would like to discuss a fine, contact Reserve Services during business hours, weekdays 8:30am-5pm at 491-7681. You may also reply directly to the notice emailed to you. All fines are payable at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Main Library.