Course Reserves at the Pickering Educational Resources Library

The Pickering Educational Resources Library Reserves collection is composed of material chosen by School of Education faculty for the use of students in their courses. It consists of materials from both the library collection and personal materials such as course handouts, lecture notes, journal articles, sample exams, etc. Most reserves items are shelved in closed stacks behind the circulation desk, and all course reserves materials can be found through BU Libraries Search, including materials accessible online. 

To find course reserves items in BU Libraries Search, search for course number, faculty name, or the title or author. Enter your search terms in the box, and select Course Reserves” as the search option in the options that appear below the search box (or click the toggle for “Course Reserves” in the Advanced Search dialog). 

 image of BU libraries search bar with "course reserves" as a filtering option in a drop-down from the main search bar.

For Students 

To check out Reserves materials, students must provide the item’s call number at the Circulation Desk, and a staff member will retrieve the item from the closed stacks.  

Reserves Policies 

Reserves materials are available to students for one of the following loan periods: 

  • Two hours (in-library use only) 
  • Two hours/overnight 
  • One day 
  • Three days 
  • Seven days 

Reserve items are not renewable, though they may be checked out immediately after being returned if no one is waiting, and cannot be placed on hold. 

Two-hour/overnight items may be borrowed overnight if checked out within two hours of the library closing. 

Because of the high demand for these materials, the fines for late returns accrue at a higher rate than other types of loans. 

For Faculty 

SED Faculty should feel free to contact the PERL Reserves Coordinator at any time with questions: 

Reserve Coordinator

Alexis Gomez (
Reserve Coordinator
(617) 358-0962

Placing Items on Reserve

To place materials on reserve, faculty can do one of the following: 

Please note that while most reserves requests will be processed in a matter of days, books that need to be purchased by the library will take 12 weeks to process, and requests for reserves materials submitted after the semester has already started may take longer to complete due to demand. 

Faculty can check to see if their reserves have been processed by searching for the course through BU Libraries Search by entering the course code in the search box and searching for Course Reserves specifically. 

image of BU libraries search bar with "course reserves" as a filtering option in a drop-down from the main search bar.

Personal Copies 

Faculty may place personal copies of materials on reserve at PERL if the library does not already have a copy of the item. They will be given a temporary record and shelved in closed stacks behind the circulation desk with the other reserves materials until returned to their owners. 

Though every effort is made to ensure the security of personal materials, the library is not responsible for lost or damaged items.  

Personal copies will be returned to their owners through interdepartmental mail when the course is over, or may be picked up by faculty from the circulation desk. 

Online Reserves Materials 

Faculty may wish to include links to online resources in their reserves. PERL can include direct links to articles and other online materials in course reserves as well as physical items such as books and photocopied material. Please include all online materials in reserve requests, and if any resources are not already available through BU Libraries, any PDFs can be turned into online reserve documents for students to access through BU Libraries Search