Course Reserves

Information about Course Reserves

Material that is on reserve has a shorter circulation period and may be restricted to use in the Library.

Material is placed on Reserve for one (1) semester. At the end of the semester, all print material is removed from Reserve unless a new request is submitted.
To ensure that students have access to Reserves material at the start of classes, please submit your Reserves Requests by the following dates:


Fall Semester – July 30
Winter Semester – November 30
Spring Semester – November 30
Summer Semester – April 30


*Requests received after the above dates may not be processed before the start of the semester.*

Before assigning Reserve material to students, please check the catalog or contact the Reserves department to make sure the material is available for use.



The Libraries do not purchase materials for course reserves. Instructors are encouraged to draw course materials from the Libraries’ physical or online collections or from the many open education resources (OER) now readily available. Discover OERs on the SBU Libraries’ Open Education Guide (, and Open SUNY Textbooks and OER Services (


It is recommended that instructors contact their library subject liaison if they anticipate a future need for materials not already in the collections. Instructors also may submit purchase requests through the online purchase recommendation form. Submissions will be routed to the appropriate library subject liaison. Instructors may supply personal copies to be placed on reserve for the duration of the semester.




Course Reserve Form

AV Reserve & Booking Form

eReserves Form



Information on Regular Course Reserves

Information on eReserves

Information on Audio-Visual Reserves

Copyright Policies

Copyright guidelines for print and electronic reserves.

Reserves Loan Policy

Reserve items from the SBU Libraries collection may be taken out from the library for the duration of the loan period. The borrower is responsible for returning reserve items on time or paying the resulting overdue fine.
Personal copies on reserve may not be taken out of the library location from which they were borrowed.

Reserve items must be returned to the library location from which they were checked out.
Fines for reserve materials can be found here: Fines & Fees.

Search For Course Reserves

Search for course reserves material.
Example: Economics, BIO 315, PSY 358
Faculty Reserve Request Forms

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