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Guide to the Law Library at UH Manoa : Course Reserves

A guide to the University of Hawaii Law Library.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves are class resources that faculty members request the Law Library to set aside for their class, each semester. 

Students can check them out for 2 hours at a time, and use in the library, because they are a shared resource.

Course Reserves Instructions for Students


To check out items placed on course reserves,

  • Log into the Law Library Primo
  • Enter the title of the book, course number, course name, and/or faculty name into the search bar. 
  • Use the drop down menu on the right of the search bar to find all books on course reserves connected to your course. The left side of the window should list the Course Instructor and Course Name

  • Course Reserves items can only be requested at the front desk.  Please inquire at the front desk and the library staff will check if there are copies available for use in our Course Reserves collection.
  • Course Reserve items can only be borrowed for 2 hours at a time so that other students can have a chance to use the resource that day. 
  • Course Reserve items can only be borrowed while you are in the library.  Any extensions or special requests must be pre-approved by the faculty member.
  • See our schedule for front desk circulation hours. You may pick up items during this time. Please follow all health and safety rules as you approach the front desk.


Course Reserve Instructions for Faculty


Course Reserve services allow Faculty Members to...

  • Place a book, DVD, or digital resource from their personal collection to be discoverable through Primo's Course Reserves search function.
    • Course Reserves allows your students to search Primo and find books and resources set aside for your class. Through Primo, your students will be able to request items for borrow in the library at 2 hour intervals.
    • The item will be processed, shelved in our course reserve section behind the front desk.
    • The item will be discoverable on Primo by your course number, course name, instructor name, or title.
    • If sending a physical item from their personal collection, send it with the Course Reserve Form to the Law Library Evening Supervisor. 
    • If you would like to connect an eBook title to Course Reserves, please contact our Acquisition Librarian to inquire about purchasing an eBook title for your class.  If the purchase is successful, the eBook can easily be linked to your class syllabus and it does not have to be a course reserve resource.
    • But if you have a pdf of a reading that you do want to add to Course Reserves, then, send the file along with the Course Reserve form.
  • Download, print, and fill out the Course Reserve Form. 
    • Please note that the default loan period for items on course reserve is two hours, for in-library use only. This is to ensure the resource would be available for other students in the class.
    • Physical course reserve resources can be requested through Primo or at the Law Library's front desk. 
    • Depending on their licensing, some eBooks may limit 1 viewer at a time and may limit page downloading and printing capabilities.  Copyright rules may also apply for reproducing course reserve materials.
    • If there are any special requests, such as extending the resource's loan period, or other needs, please write the details on the course reserve form.

For any questions, please contact the Evening Supervisor at ellenrae[at]hawaii[dot]edu or at ext. 62867.