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Fall 2021: What to know about using the Mina Rees Library.

Research Guides

Reserves

Information on accessing and placing books and articles on course reserve.
Fall 2021 Reserves Request Priority Deadline: August 14, 2021

Please note that new orders for materials may require a few weeks to process. Requests submitted after the deadline will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Library will list material on an E-Reserves site we maintain at the course instructor's request.

Reserves During COVID-19 (Fall 2021)

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

  • E-books
  • E-book Chapters
  • Streaming videos that the library has already licensed

Material which CANNOT be placed on Reserve

  • Interlibrary loan books
  • Library periodical issues or volumes
  • Scans of an entire book
  • Streaming video that requires a new license

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.

E-Reserves Item Pages

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.

  • Free electronic access to course lists will be limited to the course instructor and students.
  • Material will be removed from E-Reserves at the end of the semester.

Password Protection

  • The Library will assign every course page a password and share it with the instructor.
  • Instructors will need to inform their students of the password
  • Library personnel are not permitted to share passwords with students

Request Form

Instructors may use this form to place items on Reserve at the Graduate Center. Click here to view form in separate window.