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O'Neill Library


Course Reserves

Submitting Course Reserves 

Submit course reserves by email to

O'Neill Library processes course reserves by semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) for the following areas:

  • Arts and Sciences (except Fine Arts)
  • Education (Non K-12 curriculum)
  • Management
  • Nursing
  • Woods College of Advancing Studies

Questions, call O'Neill Library at 617-552-2297 or visit Faculty Course Reserves for a list of other Libraries.


Please submit your course reserve lists and/or syllabi to us as soon as possible before the start of each semester. Some items may need to be ordered, recalled, scanned, or downloaded which can cause a delay between the time the list is received and the time the materials are available for student use. Syllabi received close to the beginning of the semester will be worked on in weekly increments until reserves are completed.

Types of Reserve Materials


Most books placed on Reserve come from the circulating collections of the Libraries. New copies may be purchased for reserve if there are no copies in the collection. Books borrowed from libraries other than the libraries at Boston College may not be placed on reserve.

Journal Articles/Book Chapters

Library staff will scan and provide online access to journal articles, book chapters, lecture notes, and sample exams that comply with fair use guidelines.

Library staff will scan and post a "fair use" portion of the book. The portion that can be considered fair use varies and should be a limited amount tailored to the pedagogical purpose. A fair use portion would seldom exceed 2 chapters or 20% of the work.  When multiple chapters from books are requested, the book itself will be placed on reserve.


All types of media may be placed on reserve. Media items borrowed from libraries other than the libraries at Boston College cannot be placed on reserve.

  • To place a video and/or audio digitization request, please contact the Reserves Department at

Course Packets

When a large number of articles are needed for a course or when materials are restricted by copyright and require permission from the publisher, a course pack is an alternative to using the Libraries course reserves. Upon request, a course pack can be purchased and placed on reserve.

Removing Course Reserve Materials

Course reserves lists display only for courses being taught during the current semester. Unless otherwise notified, physical items (e.g., books, personal copies, DVDs) will be removed from reserve status at the end of each semester.

Additional Information

Course Reserves & Canvas

A link to the Library Course Reserves list appears in every Canvas site and can also be accessed through the library Course Reserves.

Course Reserves for Visually Impaired Students

Students should contact the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities to obtain textbooks or course readings in a format that is accessible to them. A full list of disability services is available from the Disabilities Services Office.