Basic Links

Getting Started? Search More than One Place at Once

Find Materials Your Professor put "On Reserve"

Reserve Articles, etc. (Electronic)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Go to E-Reserves (link above)

2. If you are off-campus or in the dorms, log in using the instructions below.

3. Search the system by department abbreviation, course number/name, or instructor.

4. Enter the course E-reserves password your professor handed out.

5. Locate the links or pdf files assigned by your professor.




Reserve Books, etc. (Print)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Go to "Reserves Search" in the YULIS Library Catalog (link above)

2. Search the system by department abbreviation, course number/name, instructor, or title of the book.

3. Write down the Call Number of the book.

4. Bring the Call Number and your YU ID with you to retrieve the book:

  • Stern: Reserve Desk, North Wing
  • Pollack / Gottesman: Circulation Desk, 2nd floor
  • Gottesman non-course related reserves: Reference Desk, 5th floor

Reserve books have a 2-hour loan period for in-library use only.

Overdue fines are 25 cents per hour per item.

Use the YULIS Library Catalog

Searching the YULIS Library Catalog

Diagram of the YULIS Library Catalog interface


Books in the library are organized by call number:

Look for these charts in the library, or click for pdfs:

Labels with call numbers on the spines of books

More in Depth, Focused Research

More Help Accessing Articles & Books

Need Something YU Libraries Doesn't Have?

Search Tips

Phrase search Use quotation marks around your phrase
Truncation (sometimes called "wild card")
  • Example: photo* looks for photo, photograph, photography, photographer, etc…
Use an asterisk (*) with a word stub
Choose a field to search
  • Often searching the ABSTRACT, SUBJECT, or TITLE field will narrow your search
  • (An ABSTRACT is a summary of the article)
Drop-down menus
Resource category limiters
  • Which library is it in?
  • When was it published?
  • Scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles only?
  • Etc.
Drop-down menus or check boxes
Boolean operators --see examples below
  • Family AND sibling will find fewer results
  • Family OR sibling will find more results
  • Family NOT sibling will eliminate certain results
Drop-down menus