The purpose of the Print Reserve Collection, located on the 12th floor of the Library, is to make required course readings easily accessible to Boston University students. By limiting the amount of time such material may be charged out and/or requiring that the material remain in the library during use, all students in a class have the opportunity to make use of it. Additionally, the Reserve service provides a secure location for heavily-used items.
Course Instructors at the Boston University Medical Campus (Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Public Health and the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences) may place materials on reserve. Instructors may place library-owned books, personal books, videos, DVDs, lectures on DVD/CDs, and sample exams on reserve each semester for use by students in their courses.
Reserve requests are made by completing the Reserve Request Form. The Circulation Services staff will regularly relocate reserve materials that are no longer being used by a course instructor to the general collection. Course instructors must fill out or update a Reserve Request Form at least 14 days before these materials are needed on Reserve.
The following copyrighted material may be placed on Reserve according to fair use guidelines:
Faculty may place copyrighted materials provided that they comply with fair-use guidelines. While these guidelines don’t have force of law, they are used by many institutions, and they are endorsed by many major publishers and the U.S. Copyright Office.
See BU Copyright Policy for detailed information about which materials may be placed on reserve.
Additional copyright background information can be found at the BUMC Library Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents page.