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O'Neill Course Reserves


Faculty Course Reserves

Submitting Course Reserves

Faculty may submit requests using the Library Reserves request form.


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. Requests received close to the beginning of the semester will be processed in the order received.

Journal Articles/ Book Chapters

O'Neill staff will scan and post a "fair use" portion of the book. Fair use portions vary and should be a limited amount tailored to the teaching purpose. A portion would seldom exceed 2 chapters or 20% of the work. When multiple chapters from a book are requested, the book itself will be placed on reserve.

Additional Information

  • ​We process course reserves by semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • 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 reserve, 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 (pdf) for making course materials available through Canvas.
  • 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.
  • 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.