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About Reserves

The Reserves service within The New School Libraries & Archives provides a variety of services to faculty so that they can share copyrighted material with their students. Some of the services this department provides are:

  • Course Reserves - materials such as CDs, DVDs, books and musical scores from the circulating collection can be set aside behind the circulation desks of each library, limiting check out to 2 hours for the item. Some material may be electronic in nature, so this material may be made available through e-reserves and Blackboard.

  • Rush ordering of books, videos (DVDs) and other course materials - if a title is not in the Libraries & Archives collections, the item may be rush ordered and put aside for course use.

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  • Audio/visual streaming services - when faculty wish to use entire videos or audio online, the reserves service can license upto 5 streaming video titles per class per semester. In some cases, reserves staff can clear more titles per semester, but exceptions to this policy are made on a case by case basis.

  • Copyright clearance services - reserves staff can clear licenses for articles and book chapters requiring permissions to use.

How To Submit Materials

Print and media reserves material can be dropped off at the circulation desks with the accompanying form. Electronic materials and requests for physical materials may also be submitted through the reserves website.

Reserves material is processed in the order in which it is received. In order to guarantee availability for course materials on the first day of classes for the Spring semester, submit as early as possible. Please verify that title, author, year and publisher are included in each citation. Incomplete citations may cause delays in processing book, DVD and article orders.

Electronic Reserves

The New School Libraries offers electronic reserves through Blackboard where digital versions of articles, portions of books, and/or audio or video materials can be made accessible. Additionally, books and/or audio-visual materials may be placed on reserve at the circulation desk of each of The New School Libraries. The reserves department works in collaboration with the reference staff to acquire new materiaal not currently held in the collections of the New School Libraries. Material from consortium libraries such as NYU Bobst or Cooper Union cannot be placed on print & media or electronic reserve.