Course Reserves & Exams


The library maintains a core collection of materials in the reserve areas behind the circulation desk at Pappas, including hornbooks, major treatises, study aids, newspapers, and other frequently used items. Terri Geiger (x3-8881) supervises the reserve department.

Course Reserve

Before each semester begins, the library will send you an email for each course you are teaching requesting a list of reserve materials.  The library automatically adds at least one copy of all materials listed on the book lists for J.D. and LL.M. students.  Law faculty teaching courses may add any additional items to reserve they feel would be of interest to students in their classes.  Please send your reserve requests as far in advance as possible to ensure the materials will be available when needed.  Faculty members are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for any copied materials.

Please contact Terri Geiger (x3-8881) if you have any questions about course reserves.

Any personal materials you place on reserve, both books and photocopies, are restricted to use within the library.  If you would like students to be able to borrow these materials for a 24 hour period, please let us know when you supply the materials.  All personal materials are returned to faculty at the end of each semester.

Electronic Reserves

Electronic reserves are available.  The library can link to electronic documents that you provide.  Please contact Terri Geiger (x3-8881) to add electronic reserve materials.

Most materials available on licensed databases may be linked from Blackboard Learn course pages.  Your librarian liaison can provide links to specific sources to be included on course pages.

Law Exams

The Registrar’s Office collects exams each semester and sends those that are approved by faculty for publication to the library.  Bound volumes of exams from fall 1967 – spring 2005 are available at Law Reference KF 292 B5 A23.  Exams published in fall 2004 to present are scanned to provide online access to law students.  You may view online exams by Faculty name or Course title.  Exams are available to current BU law faculty and law students only.

Faculty who wish to replace the scanned copy with a cleaner electronic copy should send the document to Terri Geiger (x3-8881) who will convert the document to PDF and put it on the web site.  Faculty members who have older BU Law exams in electronic format may also send these to Terri Geiger for inclusion in the online exam database.

Please note: memos, best answers, etc. will continue to be placed on course or electronic reserves as requested by faculty.