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O'Neill Course Reserves


Faculty Course Reserves

Submitting O'Neill Library Course Reserves

Faculty may submit requests using the Library Reserves request form.


Please submit your course reserve lists and/or syllabi to O'Neill Library 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. Requests received close to the beginning of the semester will be processed in the order received.

Journal Articles/ Book Chapters

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.

Additional Information

  • O'Neill ​Course Reserves are organized by semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) and must be requested for each semester.
  • All items on Course Reserves must comply with the Copyright Law of the United States. Please visit the Copyright and Scholarship webpage for more information about copyright compliance. 
  • Only items from the BC Libraries collections can be placed on O'Neill Course Reserves, but we will purchase needed titles that are not in our collection.
  • A link to Library Course Reserves appears in every Canvas site. See instructions for making course materials available through Canvas.
  • Course reserves lists display only for courses being taught during the current semester. Unless otherwise notified, all items (e.g., books, personal copies, DVDs, links) will be removed from reserves at the end of each semester.
  • The Disabilities Services Office can help students needing accommodations obtain course materials in a format that is accessible.


If you need further assistance, please email us at or call us at 617-552-2297.