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Course Reserves: FAQs for Faculty

Will the library purchase textbooks and DVDs to be placed on reserve?

Yes, the library will acquire materials to be placed on reserve per faculty request. Use the Reserve Request Form or email us at

Why can't I see my course material from previous semesters?

In order to comply with copyright restrictions for electronic resources, course materials are archived whenever a class isn't meeting. To preview or reuse material previously on reserve for a course, you can fill out the "express lane" portion of the Reserve Request Form.

Can I access e-reserves from off campus?

Yes, e-reserves can be accessed from off campus. Users will be prompted to enter their Baruch user name and password to access our reserve system and then a course password.

Do I need a course password to access e-reserves?

Course reserve pages containing electronic documents are password protected because of copyright restrictions. We will send you a course password to share with your students as we process your requess for materials. If you're having trouble with the course password, call the circulation desk at (646) 312-1660 for help.

What should I do if students can't access e-reserves?

If the student doesn't have the course password, they can call the circulation desk 646 (312)-1660 or email us at Students should contact the BCTC Helpdesk at (646) 312-1010 if they can't log into the main e-reserves system, which asks for a Baruch user name and password.

Can I link course materials to my Blackboard page?

You can embed a link to your course reserve page in Blackboard or the Digital Course Material Blackboard Module. Ask the reserve department at for more information about how you can use reserves with other instructional technology. 

Am I responsible for obtaining copyright permissions for e-reserves?

No, the library manages copyright and purchases permissions on behalf of teaching faculty. In some cases, we are unable to place materials on e-reserve if permissions are denied by the rights holder. Faculty will be notified if any materials are removed from e-reserve because of copyright or licensing restrictions. 

Where can I find more information about the library's copyright policies?

Consult the Guidelines for Faculty for information copyright policies. 

How can I get a film streamed for my course?

Contact Michael Waldman with streaming media inquiries.