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Course Materials (Reserves)

Reserves are library materials (including physical and electronic books, audio/visual materials, journal articles, and electronic resources) selected by a faculty member to support course instruction.  

Physical materials on reserve are maintained and loaned through the Library Services Desk in Mugar Memorial Library and at circulation desks at branch libraries. Access to these materials may be restricted to shorter loan times or in-library use only in order to accommodate use by all students enrolled in a course. 

Electronic library materials are placed on reserve using BU Libraries Course Materials. 

Finding Course Materials

Go to BU Libraries Course Materials to locate electronic course materials (reserves) lists at BU Libraries.

  • To find a course, click Find Lists in the navigation panel on the left side of the screen.


  • Enter the course number or instructor’s last name in the first field at the top of the screen, and click the search icon or hit return.

  • To add a course to My Lists section of the navigation panel, click ADD next to the course name.  

Services For Faculty & Instructors

Place books, articles, and other readings on electronic reserve for your students using the Place Items on Reserves form. This form can be used for both physical and electronic materials. Faculty can request to have chapters of print books scanned and placed on reserve via BU Libraries Course Materials. 

View our Course Materials Guide for more details on getting started with the Course Materials system.