Student Course Reserves FAQ

What Are Course Reserves?

  • "Course reserves" refers to items set aside by instructors for use by a specific group of students for a specific course and semester.
  • These materials may be either Physical Reserves or Electronic Reserves.

What Are Physical Course Reserves?

  • "Physical Reserves" refers to hard copies of books and other media that are held at the Newcomb Reading Room or the University Downtown Center (UDC) Library.
  • These items may be checked out by patrons with valid BU IDs for short periods of time, designated by the instructor of the course.
  • Loan periods of 2hr, 3hr, and Next Day ensure that these items remain in circulation.
  • Fees are associated with late returns: $.02/minute for 2hr and 3hr loans, and $3.00/day for Next Day loans.

What Are Electronic Course Reserves?

  • "Electronic Reserves" refers to electronic copies of book chapters and journal articles that the Reserves department uploads to Blackboard on the instructor's behalf.
  • These materials are available to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Click here to log in to Blackboard.

How do I find course materials on Reserve?

Patrons may search for items held on physical reserve by going to our Libraries' Catalog. Select "Reserves Course Number" from the drop-down menu, and enter the course number you are searching for in the text box.

Students may access electronic reserves for those courses they are enrolled in by accessing their Blackboard accounts. All electronic reserve items posted by the Reserves Department will be located under the "Course Reserves" tab in each Blackboard course.

How do I print Electronic Reserve documents?

Most documents will be PDF files that will open in a separate Adobe Acrobat Reader window. You can print the document by clicking on the Print icon on the toolbar, or by going to the File menu and choosing Print, or by pressing CTRL-P. Remember to allow the entire file to download before attempting to print.

How can I get more information?

You can stop by a service desk or contact the Reserves departments directly:


Main Campus Reserves:
Newcomb Reading Room, LN
(607) 777-3939


University Downtown Center Reserves:
(607) 777-9225

Last Updated: 9/29/14