Course Reserves


The Stony Brook University Libraries provides course reserves in support of the instructional requirements of specific classes at Stony Brook University. This material has a shorter circulation period (2 hours – 7 days) and may be restricted to use in the Library. Instructors must submit the appropriate Reserve Request form to request material be put on reserve.

We also will scan portions of items from our collection for e-reserves. To have a chapter or two scanned (must be less than 10% of entire work) for e-reserves, submit an Electronic Reserve Request form.

Instructors are encouraged to contact their library liaison to inquire whether the reserve material you need are available electronically, or if what you need can be found online. Please contact us, or your library liaison, if you have any questions.

Reserve material is on reserve for one (1) semester. Reserve locations are the North Reading Room, Math/Physics/Astronomy Library, Music Library, Health Sciences Library, and the Southampton Library.

To ensure that students have access to reserve material at the start of classes, please submit your Reserves requests by the following dates:

Fall Semester – July 30
Winter Semester – November 30
Spring Semester – November 30
Summer Semester – April 30

*Requests received after the above dates may be delayed. Requests placed within two weeks of the start of the semester may not be ready for the first week of classes.*

Place an item on reserve

Course Reserve Form

AV Reserve & Booking Form

E-Reserves Form

Additional information about eReserves

Additional information about Audio-Visual Reserves

Copyright Policies

Copyright guidelines for print and electronic reserves.

Ordering new materials – reserves

The University Libraries do not purchase materials for course reserves. Instructors are encouraged to draw course materials from the Libraries’ physical or online collections or from the many open education resources (OER) now readily available. Discover OERs on the SBU Libraries’ Open Education Guide and the Open SUNY Textbooks and OER Services site

It is recommended that instructors contact their library subject liaison if they anticipate a future need for materials not already in the collections. Instructors also may submit purchase requests through the online purchase recommendation form. Submissions will be routed to the appropriate library subject liaison. Instructors may supply personal copies to be placed on reserve for the duration of the semester.

Reserves Loan Policy

Reserve items from the SBU Libraries collection may be taken out from the library for the duration of the loan period. The borrower is responsible for returning reserve items on time or paying the resulting overdue fine.
Personal copies on reserve may not be taken out of the library location from which they were borrowed.

Reserve items must be returned to the library location from which they were checked out.

Fines for reserve materials can be found here: Fines & Fees.

Search For Course Reserves

Search for course reserves material.
Example: Economics, BIO 315, PSY 358
Faculty Reserve Request Forms