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Course Reserves

The Bapst Library's Course Reserves include items selected by faculty for course use in the areas of Art, Art History, Architecture, and Photography. 

Submitting Course Reserves

To place items on reserve, submit your request using the Library Reserves request form


Because some items may need to be ordered, scanned, recalled, or repaired, it is helpful to receive course reserves requests as soon as possible so that students have access to their readings when assigned.  We are happy to accept additional requests once the semester begins; however, these may not be ready by the start of classes.



Only books from the Boston College Libraries collections can be placed on reserve, but we will gladly purchase any titles not in our collections.

Journal Articles/Book Chapters

Bapst staff will scan and provide online access to journal articles and book chapters. The portion that can be considered fair use varies and should be a limited amount tailored to the pedagogical purpose. Every digitization request must be considered in light of fair use. Typically, for course reserves, the scanning of one entire chapter or ten percent of a book will comport with fair use, though slightly more may be appropriate when no digital options are available for purchase or licensing. When multiple chapters from a book are requested, the book itself will be placed on reserve.

Removal of Course Reserve Materials

Bapst staff will remove materials from course reserve 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 needing accommodations should contact the Disabilities Services Office to obtain course materials in a format that is accessible.