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Pickering Library Course Reserves

One-stop site for all current course reserve links, questions, and information for Wheelock College of Education and Human Development courses.


For Students

Pickering Library strives to make all course reserve readings available through our Course Materials system. Items can include eBooks, books, articles, book chapters, websites, videos, and any other required media. Professors contact the library to set up course reserves every semester -- if your course has no list set up, ask your professor!

You can find here links to all active course reserves lists for the current semester. Digital materials are directly accessible through the links to the right. For physical materials, the title, call number, location and availability of each item will be in the reserves list. All you have to do is visit Pickering and ask for the available item at our desk.

For Faculty

Faculty can set up course reserve lists easily through the BU Libraries Course Materials system. If you will use Blackboard, we recommend you start reading lists in there: to do so, see Tool Links > Course Materials. This way the list you create will be automatically tied to your course. If you do not have a live Blackboard site, you can start lists in Course Materials directly.  See our guide for more details. 

After you add items in Course Materials, just click "Send List".  Library staff will then process the list and make everything available digitally for your students, to the extent copyright allows. If you need help along the way, please contact the library by emailing

Summer 2020 Course Reserves

BU Wheelock Courses

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Summer 2

Reserves Policies

Online Reserves

Within the course reserves system, it is easier than ever for the library to provide digital resources to our students. Articles we have access to can be directly linked, websites or videos (e.g. a YouTube link) can be added, and PDF excerpts can be uploaded for students to download and access themselves.

It is important to remember that we are bound by Copyright and Fair Use policies. We will not be able to scan and post an entire book online for students to access, however we can scan individual chapters provided we stay within Fair Use. If you're uncertain about how much material you can post online, or what limitations are in place, don't hesitate to reach out to us with questions.

Personal Copies

If the library does not have access to a book, we can either purchase the item, or we can accept personal copies of items to be placed on temporary reserve for the duration of the course for students to access. If you choose to place a personal copy on reserve, then:

  • the book will be given a paper cover and temporary barcode
  • it will be shelved behind the circulation desk, alongside other reserves materials
  • and they will be returned to their owners through interdepartmental mail at the end of every semester

Though every effort is made to ensure the security of personal copies, the library is not responsible for lost or damaged items.


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Dan Benedetti
Education Librarian and Head of Pickering Library

Library Coordinator

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Kaylee Anzick
Pickering Educational Resources Library
2 Silber Way