Course Reserves


What Course Reserves services will be offered this semester?
Course Reserves will offer both electronic and physical services this semester. Instructors are encouraged to submit their requests through our Course Reserves tool as soon as possible. 

Bartle Library? What happened to the Newcomb Reading Room?
As of Summer 2020, Course Reserves has moved to the main Bartle Circulation desk. Now you can pick up all your library needs in one place!

Are Course Reserves materials safe to borrow during COVID-19?
We’ve acquired an UV sanitation system to clean books between use; additionally, we’ve been practicing safe, research-based circulation methods to limit the spread of infection. 

Has Fair Use/Copyright Law been relaxed?
Yes, to an extent. Reserves staff may be able to scan more than 10% of a given material on a case-by-case basis. Please email with any questions. 

Will all Reserves items be available electronically?
Unfortunately, no. Fair use/copyright, item availability, and other factors influence our ability to make an item available electronically; some items will only be available in a physical format. 

Can you digitize a book that the Libraries own physically? What about a book I own?
No; the Libraries cannot digitize/scan a book in full as this violates copyright/fair use guidelines.

Can you make a film available for streaming?
If there is a film owned by the Libraries that you’re interested in streaming, please email

Course Reserves Tool Upgrade

The Course Reserves tool is temporarily unavailable while we make necessary updates. Instructors and students may contact for assistance.

Course ReserveS Information for Students


What Are Course Reserves?

Course reserves are textbooks and other course materials that instructors have asked the Libraries to make accessible to students. There are two types of course reserves:

  • Electronic reserves are materials that Reserves staff scan and upload to the Library Course Reserves tool at an instructor's request. Electronic reserves may also include links to ebooks and other content owned by Binghamton University Libraries. Access is limited to students enrolled in the course.
  • Physical reserves are books and audiovisual materials that are located at the Bartle or University Downtown Center Library. These materials circulate for short loan periods (usually two hours).

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