Course Reserves Information For Students

COVID-19 FAQ

See Course Reserves for information on how reserves has been impacted by COVID 19

Accessing Electronic Reserves 

Log in to Library Course Reserves

Why can't I access some of the items listed under the Library Course Reserves tool electronically?
The list of items in the Library Course Reserves tool includes both electronic reserves and physical reserves. If there is not an option to "view this item," then the item is on physical reserve at either the Bartle or UDC Reader Services desks.

There are other reading materials posted to myCourses that are not in the Library Course Reserves tool. How do I get help with these?
Library staff only post readings to myCourses via the Library Courses Reserves tool. For issues with materials in another content area of myCourses, reach out to your instructor for help.

Borrowing & Returning Physical Reserves

How do I borrow reserves?
Reserve materials may be checked out at the Reader Services desks at Bartle Library or the University Downtown Center Library. Reserves for classes taught at the UDC are kept at the UDC Library. All others are at Bartle Library.  It’s helpful to know your course number when requesting a reserves item at the desk.  An example of what to ask is: "May I borrow the reserve book for ANTH111?"

Do I need an ID card to borrow reserves?
Yes. Bring your current Binghamton University ID card or a state-issued ID, such as a driver’s license.

Is there a limit to how many reserves I can borrow?
Up to three reserve items may be checked out at once. There is no limit to the number of times you can check out an item; however, you may be asked to wait 30 minutes between renewals.

How long can I keep reserves?
Generally, reserve books may be borrowed for 2 hours and DVDs for 3 hours. Materials with a "Next Day" loan period are due at 1:59pm the following day, no matter what time it was checked out. Shortened time limits are meant to give everyone in the class a chance to access the materials.

Can I "reserve" a reserve item in advance?
No. 

Are all course textbooks on reserve?
No. Textbooks are placed on reserve at the request of an instructor.

A book I need for a class is not on reserve. What can I do?
You can ask your instructor to put it on reserve. If you would like us to reach out to the instructor on your behalf, please fill out this form.

Can I return a reserve item to any library or book return?
No. Reserve items must be returned to the same desk where they were borrowed.

How do I return a reserve book when the Libraries are closed?
Return reserves to a book bin when Bartle Library is closed. The UDC does not have an after-hours return bin. Reserve items checked out here must be returned when the UDC Library is open.

What happens if I return or renew an item late?
You will be charged a fine of $0.05 per minute (for 2 hour loans) or $5.00 per day (for Next Day loans) if a reserve item is returned late.