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Reserves: About


The Brooklyn College Library on-site print Reserves collection will not be available due to limited access to the Library building and the four-day quarantine period for circulating print materials which aligns with CUNY’s COVID-19 best practices through the Spring, 21 semester.

Library faculty will assist you in exploring options for alternatives to the print Reserve collection. Your subject librarian ( can assist you with identifying textbook and/or course material alternatives that will be zero cost for your students through:

  • Identifying Open Educational Resources (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors; and/or
  • Linking to content from the Library’s existing collection of electronic resources (eBooks, journal articles, streaming media, and other digital materials).

As well, you can create an Online Reserve Packet by posting individual book chapters or excerpts and scanned copies of content to your Blackboard course or other course site, subject to copyright limitiations.

Unfortunately, commercial textbook publishers consistently don’t offer electronic purchasing options for libraries. Many existing course textbooks are simply unavailable to any library regardless of budget in formats other than print.

The following publishers will not permit us to purchase an eTextbook version of their publications:

  • Pearson
  • Cengage
  • McGraw Hill
  • Oxford University Press
  • most publishers of common readers, popular fiction, and popular non-fiction
  • many health sciences texts

This means that for courses adopting textbooks by these publishers, students who do not purchase the textbook will not have any alternative access to textbook content at this time.

If you have Copyright/Fair Use questions or concerns, please contact:  Or see: Scholarly Communications Website



Students are able to access items that professors have placed on reserve.

Many professors request that heavily used materials (such as required readings or class assignments) be placed on reserve for their classes. The Reserve collection also includes items kept on permanent reserve because of their continuous high demand.

Also, some professors place items on E-Reserve, allowing 24/7 access to required materials via Blackboard.

Contact Information

Library Circulation Desk 718-951-5328