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Faculty Course Reserve Requests

Services Provided

At Boatwright we can:

  • Scan book chapters or journal articles and place them on electronic reserve on the e-reserve portion of the library website.
  • Scan book chapters or journal articles for faculty to place on Blackboard.
  • Create links to articles in library databases on the e-reserve portion of the library website.
  • Create links to anywhere on the open internet on the e-reserve portion of the library website.
  • Place library books on the reserve shelf behind the Information and Assistance desk with a shortened check-out period.
  • Place faculty owned books on the reserve shelf behind the Information and Assistance desk with a short check-out period.

General Policy

  • Please be aware of our copyright guidelines when submitting reserve requests. All reserve request forms must be fully completed should copyright permission need to be submitted by library staff on your behalf. 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.


  • 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 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 or other materials can be submitted in one of the following ways:

  • For items owned by the library: Provide us with the book 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 reserve shelf.
  • 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, the web, etc. (permalink): Provide the permalink or URL on the reserve request form. For instructions on how to link to various databases, 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 the reserve department 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
Customer Service Associate
(804) 289-8884