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Course Reserves: Home

What are course reserves and how to access.

What are Course Reserves?

Many faculty members choose to place material on reserve in order to ensure that all students in the class have access to it. 
This page will help to guide you to the information you need to use this service as a student or faculty member.


During this time that campus is not open to the public, resources that are available for free online have been gathered here for our college community. 

  • Course Reserves
  • Bristol Libraries Open Educational Resources for Learners
    A list of OER resources for students compiled by Bristol Librarians.
  • Cengage Learning
    For U.S. higher education institutions experiencing unplanned, mid-semester impacts due to COVID-19, Cengage is offering students free access to all our digital platforms and 14,000 ebooks through Cengage Unlimited, for the remainder of this semester.
  • RedShelf Responds
    In collaboration with the academic publishing community, RedShelf is providing students with free, convenient access to their learning materials.
  • VitalSource Helps
    supports students at semester-calendar schools who may have lost access to course materials due to their campus moving online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students and instructors at impacted 2 and 4-year non-profit institutions in the U.S. and Canada can now access an expansive catalog of etexts, through May 25, 2020 in the US and April 30, 2020 in Canada, at no charge. This program is made possible by the support of leading publishers, campus retailers, and independent bookstores in higher education.
    Students simply log into the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address and can then find and view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf.  Scroll to Resources to login.

For Students

The libraries have a selection of resources (including a limited number of textbooks) on reserve for in-library use only. Each faculty member is responsible for placing materials on reserve for a course. Please check with the library staff at your campus for available resources.

For Faculty

Library Course Reserves provides access to course-related readings and other materials selected and put on reserve by a faculty member for students to access.  In addition to the Course Reserves housed physically in the Attleboro, Fall River, and New Bedford Libraries, we have an online option for certain materials.  Online Course Reserves allow students access 24/7 as long as they have a computer with an internet connection. 

What type of material may you place on reserve?

  • Library-owned books
  • Personal copies of books
  • Photocopies (i.e. articles, sample term papers, manuscripts, book excerpts)
  • Past semester/sample exams and quizzes
  • Homework assignments and solutions
  • Lecture notes and course syllabi
  • Videos and DVDs

How can I get books not found in the Library collection?

  • The Library may order copies of books to be placed on reserve.
  • The Library does not order copies of textbooks, but faculty members are encouraged to place personal copies of textbooks on reserve.

If your class will be utilizing Library Reserves this upcoming semester, please contact the library to confirm the item is available.

If you have not used the Library Course Reserve service before or wish to set up a new reserve, please submit your reserve requests as soon as possible.

Please note, all materials will be taken off reserve at the end of each semester. 


Bristol librarians are available to help you with your research. We provide guidance in locating information and using resources available through the library and on the internet. If you need research help, using the chat box is a fast and easy way to reach out to us!

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Serials & Access Services
* Circulation Services
* Inter-library Loan
* Course Reserves
* Serials Management
* Division IV Liaison

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