Electronic Reserves

Blackboard serves as the sole access method for electronic reserves. For more information on the electronic reserves and Blackboard integration, please view this message.

The University Libraries' electronic reserves service provides "any time, any place" access to reserve materials via the Web. Journal articles and book chapters are scanned and added to electronic reserves by library staff.

Access to the electronic reserve system is restricted to faculty and enrolled students. Faculty and students must log into Blackboard using their NetID and password to access their electronic reserves.

Traditional Reserves

Library-owned and faculty-owned books, videos, and other reserve materials are available for short loan periods at the University Library or the Dewey Library circulation desks. The Libraries' online catalog provides lists of the all items on reserve by course. Borrowers must present a valid SUNYCard or a courtesy borrower card to borrow materials. Students with fines may be blocked from borrowing until their account is resolved.

Loan Periods

Items may be on reserve at the University, Science, or Dewey Libraries for a 3 hour or 2 day loan period. Three-hour loan items borrowed within three hours of closing are due within the first hour of opening on the next business day.

Reserve Fines

The reserve fine for each overdue item is $1.50 per hour (or any part thereof) for 3 hour loans and $1.50 per day for 2 day loans. Fines accrue to a maximum of $45.00 per item. The Circulation system emails a date/time due slip for each reserve item borrowed. It is your responsibility to check when each item is due and to return it on time. Please pay careful attention to the date/time to avoid fines.

Loan Limits

A maximum of three print reserve items may be borrowed at one time. One media item may be borrowed at one time.


Reserve items must be returned to the library service desk from which you borrowed them. Do not return reserve items to outside library bookdrops or overdue fines may accrue.


Please request an emailed receipt for each returned item. Receipts are used to adjudicate return and fine discrepancies. It is your responsibility to retain your receipts.

Replacement Costs

An unreturned item that accrues the maximum fine is assumed lost. The borrower will be billed the fine, a $15.00 processing fee, and the replacement cost. Textbooks not owned by the library will be fined at the current rate of a new textbook charged at the bookstore.

Renewals, Holds, and Recalls

Reserve items cannot be renewed. At the discretion of the reserve supervisor, a patron may borrow an item after it has been back in Reserve for 60 minutes and another patron has not requested the item. Holds and recalls are not available for reserve material.

General Circulation Policies

See the Circulation Loan Policy for other policies that apply to reserve use including lost library cards, mailing addresses, and related policies.

Where To Find

Electronic Reserves are in Blackboard. Traditional Reserves can be found in the Library Catalog

Contact Us by Email

Reserve staff is available to answer any questions you may have about electronic or traditional course reserves. Staff can also assist in troubleshooting any problems you may experience with electronic reserves services. Please call or email us for assistance or to set up a one-on-one consultation.

For questions related to Blackboard, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 518-442-3700, or submit an online help request.