Reserves for Students

Welcome to Stony Brook University Libraries Reserves webpage. Upon request, and in accordance with applicable copyright restrictions, the Libraries provide access to both print and electronic materials for courses.  Contact us for more information.

Course Reserves

Teaching assistants and faculty may place materials for supplemental readings on Course Reserves. Material will be housed at the appropriate library, at the request of the course instructor, and will be available at the respective service desks. This material is usually on loan for a short duration due to its high demand, and may not leave the circulation area if the item is a 2 or 4 hour loan. Fines for late return of reserve items are higher than regular loans.

How to Find Course Reserve Material in STARS (West campus)

Use the Find Course Reserves widget on the left sidebar of this page, or go to the West Campus catalog, STARS, and follow the instructions below.

  1. Go to STARS, the West Campus Libraries Catalog.
  2. Click on Course Reserves tab on top.
  3. From the drop-down menu, choose a selection criterion for your search: Course, Instructor, or Department. For example, if searching by Course, type three letters and the course number: HIS100. Click Go.
  4. From the Browse List, click on your selected entry. Click on the Number of the entry to retrieve the full record.


How to Find Course Reserve Material in Health Sciences catalog (Health Sciences Library)

  1. Go to the Health Sciences Library catalog.
  2. Click on Course Reserves from the menu at the top of the page.
  3. Choose the criterion for your search from the drop-down menu: Keyword, title, author, course name department.
  4. Enter your search term(s); click Go.

Borrowing / Returning Course Reserves Material

To borrow items on Course Reserves, students must show their current SBU ID card at the circulation desk in the library where the material is housed. Procedures for borrowing may vary with each library. You may borrow up to 4 items.  Due to the high demand for Reserve items, you can not request a hold or recall.  Reserve loans are on a first come – first serve basis.  Reserve material must be returned to the circulation desk where the material was borrowed. Main Circulation Course Reserves material must be returned to the Circulation/Reserve Desk.

Electronic Course Reserves (E-Reserves)

Teaching assistants and faculty may place materials on Reserve through Blackboard course web pages or the Library’s Electronic Course Reserves (E-Reserves) system via Blackboard. Electronic Reserves may be accessed from on campus and remotely through Blackboard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How to Find E-Reserves Material

  1. Go to Blackboard and login.
  2. Select the appropriate Course under My Courses.
  3. Select Course Documents or External Links.