eReserves Guidelines

To have material placed on reserve, complete and submit the eReserves Request form. Incomplete forms may delay processing.  Please submit Reserves Requests by the following dates:


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


Material requested for Reserves after these dates may not be available at the start of the semester.  Contact Reserves with questions.


Scanned material will be made available on Blackboard. This will allow students access to course readings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Reserve staff must have course builder privileges in order to add requested material to Blackboard.  The course must be available (active) in order for Reserve staff to add items.   Access to the documents in E-Reserves will be limited to faculty and students registered for the course.  Include complete citations for each required item, including chapter/article titles and page numbers in order to have your requests processed accurately. The library will not order articles from journals or chapters from books through interlibrary loan.


 Acceptable items for E-Reserves course requests (amounting to less than 10% of total work):
  • An article from a journal(s) physically owned by the library or supplied by you
  • One chapter from a book owned by the library or supplied by you
  • Music pieces from sound recordings for Music Department classes and seminars, based on Fair Use copyright guidelines for classroom use
Items not accepted for E-Reserves:
  • Electronic journal articles – see How to Link Articles in Blackboard
  • Other items available on-line
  • Course packs
  • Personally created anthologies
  • Class notes, papers or tests
Copyright guidelines may restrict the use of copyrighted materials, particularly use of Electronic Reserves. Course packs will not be accepted for Reserves. For more information, see Copyright Policies and Guidelines for Course Reserves

Submit your E-Reserves course requests

You may process your requests by completing the eReserves Request Form.

You may submit your requests by hand, delivering hard copies to the appropriate library, ensuring they are of high quality and legible. For Music Library course reserves, faculty must supply their own photocopies and a duplicate copy of each article to be placed on e-reserve.

How to link articles in Blackboard

You can link directly from your Blackboard course to articles in the library databases by adding the prefix, , to the persistent or stable URL for the article. This will allow students who are off-campus to access the Electronic article.
For example, if the URL for the article is:, the URL added to Blackboard should be:

For information about electronic reserves, please contact the Reserves department at or 631-632-7115.