GC Reserves: August 4

Photo is © Kamil Porembiński, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Photo is © Kamil Porembiński, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

The GC Library offers reserve services to share course readings with students, making it possible for students to read without purchasing or scouring libraries to obtain every assigned title. GC faculty use an array of licensed and open software to share readings using password protection. CUNY’s licensed Blackboard  is the default platform for faculty-managed course content. GC faculty also often create password protected members-only access to course readings on the CUNY Academic Commons. Increasingly, scholars are making their own work publicly accessible, allowing free access for all readers, including students.

But not all reserve readings are online. Faculty may request reserve for up to 50 physical items per course using the GC Library reserve request form and the reserves libguide. Requests completed by August 4 have the best chance of being in place by the beginning of the fall term.



Students looking for physical items on reserve use OneSearch’s designated GC Reserves search to find items quickly.


All GC reserve items are shelved at the Reserves Desk on the library first floor, connected to the Circulation Desk. Reserve books can be checked out for two hours. Overnight reserve loans begin 2 hours before the library closes for return within 1 hour of the library’s opening the following day. Some reserve items circulate for three days at a time. Reserve VHS, DVDs, and CDs are for library use only. Overdue fines for reserve materials are $0.10/min. See the reserves libguide for more.


About the Author

Wanett Clyde is the Adjunct Reference and Digital Outreach Librarian. She is also a student in the MALS program.