Course reserves are textbooks and other course materials that instructors have asked the Libraries to make easily accessible to students. There are two types of course reserves:
Yes. In a message to instructors on October 31, 2017, Provost Donald Neiman wrote, "Textbooks are increasingly expensive and represent a financial burden for many of our students. You can help. I encourage you to provide the Libraries with copies of your course materials. Please know that the Libraries will also be reaching out to you to solicit copies of books that you plan to use for your courses. Copies of currently assigned editions of books for upcoming courses are welcome and should be brought to the main circulation desk in Bartle Library, or the Reserves Desk in Newcomb Reading Room. Publisher-provided desk copies and personally-owned materials are equally appreciated."
The Binghamton University Libraries offer electronic and physical reserve services.
Electronic reserves: Reserves staff can scan articles or chapters from a journal or book and upload them to the Library Course Reserves tool at reserves.binghamton.edu. This tool is embedded into myCourses and may be accessed there by both instructors and students.
Physical reserves: Reserves staff can place books, CDs, DVDs, and other material on reserve at the library. Students can generally borrow these materials for 2 hours (books) or 3 hours (videos), and renew them as many times as they like as long as another student isn't waiting to use them.
You can also access this tool via myCourses.
Once you open the tool:
The status of the item is available on the item info screen in the Library Course Reserves tool.
To ensure that all of your materials are ready for the first day of the semester, submit requests by the following dates:
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) states that for institutions of higher education receiving federal financial assistance (participating in Title IV student aid programs), textbook prices must be made clear at the time of registration. If your course materials are going to be made available at the Libraries, then this is also information students should know at the time of registration. Given this, instructors ought to submit reserve requests as soon as possible after choosing materials for the semester.
Most requests are generally processed within 1-2 business days, but may take up to 5 business days.
We encourage you to submit reserve requests as soon as possible to ensure that material is available to students when they need it.
However, there are a few exceptions: