Spring 2021 Course Reserves: New Year, New System

The Mina Rees Library is excited to announce our new reserves management system! Beginning with the Spring 2021 term, all course reserves items will be made available using our new E-Reserves system instead of the library catalog.

Why? Managing our reserves materials outside of the library catalog will allow us to incorporate e-books that are licensed for all CUNY campuses, in addition to GC-only materials. The new system also prepares us to offer additional services in the future (like scanning materials in our collection) when library personnel regain access to our physical collections. It also opens up new options for integrating reserves items in Blackboard.

As always, details about placing items on reserve can be found on our Course Reserves Guide.

Note: The priority deadline for Spring 2021 reserves requests is January 8, 2021. Items requested after this date will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be available before the start of the term.

What kinds of materials can be placed on Reserve?

As for Fall 2020, the Library will do our best to fulfill all Spring 2021 requests with online materials. If a book is available as an e-book the library will add it to our collection (as our budget allows). We do not have the capability to purchase new streaming videos, but we will help locate library-licensed audiovisual materials that may be available for course use through our existing database subscriptions. Instructors should use the Course Reserve Request Form to submit requests for:

  • E-books
  • E-book chapters
  • Streaming videos – for materials already licensed by the library

Where will students find Reserve items?

  • Course reserves lists in our new E-Reserves system will be made available in January.
  • Each course will have its own password-protected page to list and access materials.
  • Course instructors will inform students of the password. Library personnel are NOT permitted to share passwords with students.
  • Reserve e-books that are added to our collection will still appear in OneSearch, but titles will no longer show course information on the item record.

What if there is no e-book version of a text?

Please bear in mind that some textbooks are simply unavailable to libraries as e-books. Faculty may consult with their subject librarian to explore alternatives for their courses. For information about Open Educational Resources (OER) or assistance with creating a Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) course, see our OER Guide.

Questions? Ask a librarian or contact Reserves.


About the Author

Roxanne Shirazi is Dissertation Research Librarian and Assistant Professor at the Graduate Center's Mina Rees Library, where she also serves as Project Director for the CUNY Digital History Archive.