Student Course Reserves FAQ

What are Physical and Electronic Reserves?

Course Reserve materials are items set aside by instructors for use by a specific group of students for a specific course and semester.

Physical Course Reserves

Personal and Library owned copies of books and DVD's etc. with 2hr., 3hr., 1 day and 2 day loan periods.  These items are stored in the Newcomb Reading Room and may be checked out with a valid BU ID. These items are meant to stay in circulation. Fees are associated with late returns. .02/per minute for 2hr. and 3h materials. $3.oo per day for 1 and 2 day loans.

Electronic Course Reserves

Electronic Reserves allows course materials (book chapters, articles, lecture notes, etc.) to be available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through your instructor’s course page on Blackboard after logging in. Log in instructions and help with Blackboard are available through the Technology Training Center Blackboard Student Help page.

What do I need in order to use Electronic Reserves?

  • A computer with an Internet browser.
  • Your username and password for Blackboard
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. To view these files you must have a current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free reader from the  Adobe web site

How do I find course readings on Reserves?

For physical reserves, go to Library Catalogue. Select Reserves Course Number from the drop-down. Enter course number.

For electronic reserves, you can access the reserve materials by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the course listed on your Blackboard homepage. You then click on “Course Reserves” and will find items arranged by author and title.

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 of 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.

Note: Most PDF documents print more clearly than the on-screen image.

How can I get more information?

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

Library Reserves:
(607) 777-3940

Last Updated: 8/29/13