Course Reserves

Information about Course Reserves for Spring & Summer 2021

Due to continuing concerns over Covid-19, the University Libraries will not be lending or checking out any physical items (books) for Course Reserves for the Spring 2021 semester & Summer 2021 sessions. We hope to resume physical lending of reserve material in the Fall 2021 semester.

We are offering to scan a limited number of book chapters to Blackboard if you require them for your class. Our usual limit is one chapter per title, but we will increase this to two or even three chapters, as long as the number of pages does not exceed 10% of the total work. This is due to copyright concerns. We cannot scan entire books.

If you wish to have a chapter or two scanned for E-Reserves and uploaded to Blackboard, you must submit an Electronic Reserve Request form.

You must also make us a Course Builder for your class on Blackboard.

Additionally, you may want to contact your library liaison to inquire whether the books you need are available as e-books, or if what you need can be found online. Please contact us, or your library liaison, if you have any questions.


Material that is on reserve has a shorter circulation period and may be restricted to use in the Library.

Material is placed on reserve for one (1) semester. At the end of the semester, all print material is removed from Reserve unless a new request is submitted.
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 not be processed before the start of the semester.*

Before assigning material on reserve to students, please check the catalog or contact the Reserves department to make sure the material is available for use.

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.


Course Reserve Form

AV Reserve & Booking Form

eReserves Form

Additional information about eReserves

Additional information about Audio-Visual Reserves

Copyright Policies

Copyright guidelines for print and electronic reserves.

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