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Course Reserves Information for Faculty

Book Reserves   

Faculty members can make requests for physical books to be placed on reserve for Fall 2021 by using this Book Reserve Form. More information on placing books on reserve can be found on the form. 

These books are housed in Access Services and can be borrowed by students whenever the Circulation Desk is open. We can place Blommer Science Library and Bioethics Library books on reserve at Lauinger.

There is no limit to the number of books that can be on a course’s reserves. Faculty can choose between 2 hour, 4 hour, 24 hour, and 3 day loan periods.

Faculty may request books not owned by Georgetown University Library and we will attempt to purchase. When purchasing titles for reserve Access will purchase the maximum number of user electronic books whenever possible. We will provide the faculty member with a permalink to the eBooks page on the Library website - this permalink can be copied to the course’s Canvas. If no eBook is available we will try to purchase a physical copy of the title. 

Electronic Reserves

Faculty members can make requests for PDFs of selected book chapters and journal articles  by using this Electronic Reserve Request Form. More information on requesting electronic reserves can be found on the form.

There is no limit to the number of core required e-reserves readings a faculty member may have on reserve. An e-reserve is a single title of a book chapter, a journal article, or professors' notes, syllabi, or handouts. If the library does not have the article, we will order a copy. Entire books cannot be scanned and placed on e-reserve. Read more about restrictions on e-reserves in our Copyright Policies.

PDFs will be made available to faculty via GU Box. PDFs will be scanned with OCR so they are accessible by assistive technology software. You are welcome to use these PDFs in future semesters without re-requesting them through Access Services.

If chapters are requested from an eBook owned by the Library we will provide the faculty member with the permalink to that eBook to post to the course’s Canvas. If journal articles are requested from journals Lauinger subscribes to (and has access to the needed volumn/issue we will provide the faculty member with permalink to that journal.

Media Reserves

Media Reserves are not housed on the Library’s webpage but in the respective course’s Canvas. Access Services provides streaming media to Canvas via Sharestream and/or permalinks to licensed distributors.

Faculty members can make requests for media reserves by using this Media Reserve Request Form. More information on requesting media reserves can be found on the form.

The Library's first choice is to find media on an existing streaming site where access is free or already licensed by the library. See our Guide to Using Films in Courses (2. Streaming Video - Licensed Collections) for links to the Library's streaming collections. Access will provide the faculty member with the permalink to the page on the Library website for that title. The permalink can be added to the course’s Canvas.

If no licensed stream is available Access will attempt to provide access to titles via Sharestream, a streaming service that uses DVDs to provide access. Sharestream can be viewed from the course’s Canvas page (please note - faculty need to enable Sharestream in Canvas for the titles to be viewable). 

Should no licensed streaming option be available and the title’s DVD is coded to prevent streaming Access can help you arrange a group viewing of the media in one of our small group study rooms. We can also check out DVDs for the semester to faculty as needed. We can also place physical DVDs on over-the-counter reserve for students to borrow.