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Faculty Course Reserve Requests (print, e-reserves, media)

Services Provided

At Boatwright we can:

  • Scan book chapters or journal articles and place them on electronic reserve on the e-reserve section of the library website.
  • Scan book chapters or journal articles for faculty to place on Blackboard.
  • Create links to articles in library databases and streaming media on the e-reserve section of the library website.
  • Create links to anywhere on the open internet on the e-reserve section of the library website.
  • Place library or faculty-owned books and media on the reserve shelves at the Information and Assistance desk or Media Resource Center Service Desk with a brief check-out period.

General Policy

  • Please be aware of our copyright guidelines when submitting reserve requests. Reserves that require copyright permission should be submitted several weeks before the date they are needed to allow for the extra clearance time.
  • The book reserve loan period is 2 hours. Other options are: 4 hours, 8 hours, 1 day, and 3 days. Please indicate in the special instructions box of the reserve request form if you'd like to use one of these other options.
  • The media loan period is 4 hours for DVD, VHS, and Blu-Ray.


  • Due to high volume, reserve items required for the start of the semester should be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the first day of class.
  • During the semester, allow at least 3 working days for reserve processing.
  • Requests will be processed according to the date they are needed and in the order that they are received.
  • If books or media need to be ordered or if copyright permission needs to be submitted for the request, please allow several extra weeks of processing time.


All course reserves should be submitted by using the online reserve request form.

 Articles, chapters, books, media, or other materials can be submitted in one of the following ways:

  • For items owned by the library: Provide us with the book or media call number or journal citation. We will pull the item from our collection and scan it into Electronic Reserves or place it on the book or media reserve shelves.
  • For items NOT owned by the library: Please bring physical copies of the requested materials to Boatwright or send them through campus mail. Please print the reserve request form and include this with the materials.
  • For direct linking to electronic articles, streaming media, the web, etc. (permalink): Provide the permalink or URL on the reserve request form. For instructions on how to link to various articles from your Blackboard page, see our guide on linking electronic resources or contact your liaison librarian.
  • For electronic books (e-books): Provide the e-book call number. Due to individual publisher restrictions, each e-book has a different copyright situation. Please contact Laura Powers if you have questions about making a particular e-book available to your students.
  • For items that you would like to place on Blackboard yourself: Please indicate this on the form. The library will scan and send the digital files to you. Note your preferred method (e-mail or netfiles) on the form. Documents are scanned at 300 dpi and in black and white unless otherwise requested.


Laura Powers
User Support Specialist
(804) 289-8884