Fall 2021: What to know about using the Mina Rees Library.
Our current policy remains that we will not purchase new or additional physical items for Reserves. We will do our best to provide online versions of your reading materials. Please bear in mind that some textbooks are simply unavailable to libraries as e-books.
Teaching faculty should complete the Course Reserve Request Form to request an item be placed on reserve (even if the library does not own the item).
Include as much information as possible when placing the request (call number or OneSearch link if the library owns the material, link to Amazon or ISBN if the library needs to purchase the material).
There is a reserve limit of 30 items per course. However, due to budget restrictions each course will be limited to 10 e-book purchases when requesting new material.
It generally takes 4-6 weeks for an item that GC Library does not own to be purchased, processed, and placed on reserve.
The library only handles book reserves at this time; articles and other items can be organized in Blackboard or by other CUNY tools for sharing with classes.
Because of purchasing restrictions and delayed delivery of campus budgets, we do not have the capability to purchase new streaming videos. If the library already licenses a streaming video through one of our databases we will help you link to the item for your course.
Material which CAN be placed on Reserve
Material which CANNOT be placed on Reserve
Need assistance finding openly available materials for your course? For information about Open Educational Resources (OER) or Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC), see our OER Guide.
The Library will notify the instructor when materials are added to their Reserves page. Please note that new purchases will require additional time to process (order, receive, and catalog). Requests made prior to the deadline will be made available prior to the start of the semester, unless you are notified otherwise. Contact Reserves to check the status of your request.
The Library will list material on an E-Reserves site we maintain at the course instructor's request. Reserves materials are for the educational use of students in the course. The Library will follow the current CUNY guidance for fair use and copyright.