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Research Guides


Reserves During COVID-19

ATTENTION: For the Fall 2020 semester, due to COVID-19 and the move to distance learning, we intend to fill reserve requests with ebooks (if they are available). We will do our best to provide online versions of your reading materials, which will be available in OneSearch.

If you would like further assistance with assigned readings, please feel free to consult our Online Services guide or speak with your subject librarian.

Course Reserve Requests for Books

Teaching faculty can complete the Course Reserve Request Form to request a book 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 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.
  • 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 COVID purchasing restrictions and delayed delivery of campus budgets, we do not have the capability to purchase streaming videos or DVDs for Fall 2020, but we recommend exploring MUBI: which offers free accounts for those with a .edu email address.

Finding Course Materials in OneSearch

You can search by the last name of the instructor or the course number in the Course Reserves section of OneSearch to check on requests in progress (If you do not see any results yet, we are still working on adding your course itself).

For requesting faculty: Once we have worked through all of your requests, we will send you a summary email with specific details that may be helpful for you to know for the semester to come.

Questions about book reserves? Contact the Circulation Department at 212.817.7083 or

Questions about accessing readings on Blackboard? Contact IT Services at