At the beginning of each semester, faculty members place books and other material needed for their classes that semester on course reserve. The STH Library course reserve materials are located behind the circulation desk. Browse what's on course reserve for each class by using the links located on the lower-left portion of this page. Looking for a specific class? Use the Control+F function to search by Professor's name, class code, or class name. Note that your reserve list may include online journal articles through BU Libraries or e-books. If you see the term Check Availability, you know the book is available online!
Note: During COVID-19, all physical course reserves have been suspended. The Theology Library has worked to ensure all required readings are available online.
For physical items, simply give the desk attendant the title, call number, or author and they will check out the needed resource for you.
There are four different borrowing lengths for course reserve materials; the record in the online catalog and the slip around the course reserve will tell you the length of time you have with the material. Please remember that all course reserve material is not renewable so everyone gets a chance to use it. Most items are on reserve 2 hour/Overnight. These items are checked out for two hours at a time, and are able to leave the library. If you check out the item less than 2 hours before the library closes, it is due back 2 hours after we open on the next day we are open. This offers users the ability to read or scan a chapter and then return it for the next person to access it. Loan periods are determined by the professor and exceptions cannot be made without written notification from the professor.
Some instructors choose not to place materials on reserve because they provide electronic readings or prefer that their students purchase the text. Others may intend to put items on reserve but have to delay while they finalize their syllabus. Some reserve items may be on order for the library and simply have not yet arrived. If your instructor has indicated that the readings are on reserve and they are not, please let your TA or your instructor know as soon as possible. Because the library relies on instructors to provide the necessary information on which books they have chosen to place on reserve, alerting the library will not make the reserves immediately available, but may start dialogue between the library and the instructor. A course reserve guide for instructors and their TAs is available here.