Reserve Services at the University Libraries

Reserve Services at the University Libraries

August 7, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

During the Fall 2020 semester, some offerings from the University’s Libraries will change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note, the University Libraries will provide only electronic reserves services during the upcoming fall semester; physical reserves will not be available. However, the Libraries can make content from physical books available to your students via our electronic reserves services. 

If you were considering using physical reserves this coming semester, we can scan chapters from print books you were planning on placing on physical reserves or work with ITLAL to digitize video content for streaming. Entire books cannot be digitized due to copyright restrictions. 

To ensure this content is available in a timely manner, we request all digitization services to be placed as soon as possible and include the dates by which content needs to be available to your students. This will allow us to work on delivering content in a timely and equitable manner for everyone who needs it. 

Given these changes, we also recommend assigning course materials that are available to students online and providing access via Blackboard or electronic reserves. You can upload or link to content directly in your Blackboard course or use electronic reserves within Blackboard.

Additional helpful strategies recommended include:

  • Upload personal copies of articles and book chapters. Reserves staff can assist with scanning content, if needed.

  • Provide permalinks to any e-books, articles, streaming media, or other resources in the University Libraries’ collections which can be found using our Search tool, our e-journals, or our databases.

  • Use the Open Access Button to see if an article is freely available online.

  • Request material through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) if the article/chapter cannot be obtained through our Search tool or Open Access.

  • Adopt, adapt or create a SUNY Open Educational Resource (OER). For more information on OER and additional resources outside of SUNY, please visit our OER LibGuide

  • Work with ITLAL to digitize media to stream via Ensemble accessible through your Blackboard course. Library staff will send DVDs from the University Libraries to be digitized by ITLAL. 

  • Seek the advice of the librarian who works most closely with your department.  

If you have any questions, please contact University Libraries Reserves at or 518-442-4424.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to prioritize the safety of our staff and patrons. For up-to-date information about the status of our services please visit the Library's COVID-19 webpage


Rebecca Mugridge

Dean of University Libraries and SUNY Distinguished Librarian