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 Fall 2020 semester.
Library faculty will assist you in exploring options for alternatives to the print Reserve collection. Your subject librarian (https://libguides.brooklyn.cuny.edu/prf.php) can assist you with identifying textbook and/or course material alternatives that will be zero cost for your students through:
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:
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.
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.