Intersession hours for the Theology Library are: Saturday, December 21 Closed Monday, December 23 8:30 am...
Reserved course materials can be found at the circulation desk. Please bring the call number for the item you need with you to the desk and a circulation desk assistant will make that item available to you. Course reserves circulate for 2 hours – in library use only, 2 hours – with an overnight loan if checked out in the last two hours the library is open, 3 days, and 7 days. Loan periods are determined by the professor and exceptions cannot be made without written notification from the professor.
How can I find course reserves?
1) Go into the BU Libraries Search catalog and click on the search tab labeled “Course Reserves.”
2) Choose either Course Number or Professor’s Name.
For the course number search enter the FULL number, e.g. RS600 or ED100. (You may find two different listings for a course, for example TM830 and TM930. Because some courses have more than one course number, both of those links will take you to the same course reserve.)
For the professor’s name search you generally only need their last name. In some cases there are professors with the same last name; just look through the courses listed for each professor to find your course.
3) Find the item you are looking for and write down the call number to show to Circulation Desk staff.
Fall, Spring, and Summer Course Reserves can be placed by professors or their TAs. Paper copies of the forms (one for articles and the other for books) can be found at the Circulation Desk. Electronic copies of the forms can be found on this page or on the STH Faculty/Staff Resources page. Please give these forms to Stacey Battles de Ramos, the Access Services Librarian, in person at the Circulation Desk or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please completely fill out the form as directed, including a “use period” for the material. These periods range from two-hour in-house use to seven days. You do not need to find the books and bring them to the library; library staff will pull the materials for you. (However, if the semester has already started, it would be helpful to pull materials for us if they are needed right away.)
- Items that are currently checked out to patrons will be recalled by library staff for reserve.
- Items owned at other BU libraries will be transferred to the Theology Library by library staff for the duration of the course (unless the home library requires it to remain at that location).
- Items not owned by BU will be ordered by library staff for purchase. If available, a multi-use electronic copy will be chosen unless the professor opts out on our reserves form. Otherwise a hardcopy will be purchased. [Please note that purchase takes time, including the subsequent cataloging and processing of the book before it can be available for checkout. It is important to submit Course Reserve lists on time so that all books will be ready before they are needed.]
- Professors or TAs can also provide “personal copies” of materials that need to be purchased, so that a copy is available during processing. Personal copies are always kept on two hour, library use only status so that they do not leave the library. The library does not copy articles for reserve, so it is your responsibility to provide copies of any articles you would like to have on reserve for your course(s). All articles are considered personal copies. If personal copies are submitted, please remember to pick these up at the end of the semester.
Deadlines for Course Reserves are the following:
Submission of any forms after the deadlines could significantly delay the availability of materials.
Once Course Reserves are processed and made available to students, they can be viewed online in our library catalog by choosing the “Course Reserves” tab and searching by item or course.
All items are removed from Course Reserves the day after finals, unless otherwise requested by the professor.
Theology Library Reserves
745 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston MA 02215
Tel: (617) 358-0698
Fax: (617) 358-6099