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Library Course Reserve Materials


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.

Common Course Reserves Materials

Books  - Most books placed on Reserve come from the circulating collection or are links to eBooks. Books may be purchased if there are no copies in the collection.

Articles/Book Chapters - We will scan and provide links to articles, book chapters, lecture notes, and sample exams that comply with fair use guidelines.  In general, we limit the amount of scanning to one entire chapter or ten percent of a book to comport with fair use, though slightly more may be appropriate when no digital options are available for purchase.  When multiple chapters from books are requested, the book itself will be placed on reserve or we will try to purchase an online version.

Media - Media includes DVDs and streaming video. 

Course packs - 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 coursepack sold by the bookstore is an alternative to using the Libraries course reserves. Subject Librarians can work with you to locate library material instead of using course packs that may not be affordable to all students. 

Note: Physical Items not owned by the BC libraries cannot be placed on reserve.


  • Items may be placed on reserve for Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters and will be removed at the end of each semester. Please resubmit requests for each semester.
  • Items not in the Libraries' collections will be purchased or licensed when available.
  • Items may need to be ordered or scanned, so faculty should submit requests as soon as possible to ensure that reserves are available for course assignments. Requests received close to the beginning of the semester may not be ready by the start of classes. 
  • 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. See Copyright Guidance for E-Reserves

How to put items on Course Reserve

Course Reserves are print or electronic materials that professors have identified to use for a class. Print resources have a shortened loan period to help ensure equitable access of material to students enrolled in a course. 

Questions, call 617-552-2297 or email

Viewing Course Reserves

Students and faculty can access reserves for a specific course via the Library Resources and Course Reserve tab in Canvas. 

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Outside of Canvas students and faculty can sign-in to the Library Course Reserves search.